BY: MIKE VIZARD ON FEBRUARY 17, 2022
Cloudify this week announced a free user interface (UI) module that extends its infrastructure provisioning platform and enables DevOps professionals to integrate unlimited Terraform modules.
Nati Shalom, Cloudify CTO, said Terraform UI provides a familiar construct for DevOps teams using the open source DevOps automation platform to provision infrastructure-as-code (IaC). The module enables DevOps professionals to seamlessly import Terraform modules to Cloudify without writing blueprints or any additional glue code, he said.
Cloudify now automatically generates the wrapper required for each Terraform template to enable DevOps teams to collaboratively manage secrets, execute concurrent deployments, store states remotely and monitor deployments, users and versions via any Git repository. Those Terraform modules can then be integrated with application programming interfaces (APIs) and continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platforms as DevOps teams require.
DevOps teams can also import existing automation modules and scripts into Cloudify. Those modules and scripts can be automatically converted to environments that can be centrally managed via the Cloudify console or via export to ServiceNow’s IT service management (ITSM) platform as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application.
That approach provides the added benefit of enabling DevOps teams to centrally manage all Terraform modules and versions via a single console as part of an effort to reduce misconfigurations that lead to security breaches, he added.
Cloudify enables DevOps teams to create a self-service catalog and portal through which infrastructure can be managed. Many DevOps teams have built their own portals to manage this process. However, Shalom noted those DevOps teams then need to devote resources to maintaining that portal when those resources could be allocated to other critical tasks.
DevOps teams can not only use Cloudify to apply patches, change topologies, add security features, make configuration changes or make additional resources available, Shalom added, they can also now integrate Terraform tooling with platforms such as Kubernetes or other automation frameworks such as Ansible. Cloudify also makes available an enterprise-grade version of the platform with these integrations.
It’s not clear how much time and effort IT organizations are investing in building and maintaining DevOps environments. In many cases, however, organizations should probably revisit decisions about building capabilities that, at the time, didn’t exist. That doesn’t necessarily mean that replacing custom DevOps tools makes sense across the board, but it is likely that, in the intervening years, the range of tooling made available via DevOps platforms has greatly expanded. Relative newcomers to DevOps, meanwhile, are enjoying the benefit of platforms they did not have to construct themselves.
In fact, Shalom noted that, in terms of DevOps adoption, an inflection point has been reached as more organizations launch digital business transformation initiatives that require applications to be both built and deployed faster than ever. The challenge, of course, is enabling that to occur both safely and at a reasonable cost.