Infrastructure as Code – Key Terms

There’s an excellent introductory series on Terraform over at Gruntwork, and apart from anything else it has a very clear introduction to what the different tools in this space do.

I recommend the blog, but here’s a quick summary of some key terms:

Provisioning Configuring
Provision the servers. Install and mange software on existing servers.
Orchestration. Configuration Management.
Terraform, CloudFormation. Chef, Puppet, Ansible.
Talk to the datacentre (e.g. vSphere, OpenStack) Talk to the server (e.g. Linux, Windows)
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