HashiCorp today announced it has added a Business tier to the HashiCorp Terraform Cloud that expands the managed service in a way that provides advanced security, compliance and governance capabilities along with the ability to execute multiple runs concurrently and take advantage of more flexible service level agreement (SLA) options.
Meghan Liese, director of product marketing for HashiCorp, said this new tier addresses the requirements for enterprise IT organizations that are looking for a way to enable teams of developers to more securely provision IT infrastructure using open source Terraform tools.
For example, the Business tier of the service provides integration with single sign-on tools provided by Okta, while auditing of logs is provided via integration with tools from Splunk. This tier also provides access to private networks with fixed IP addresses as well as self-hosted agents to interact with other management planes if required.
HashiCorp reported that since launching a managed service last year for IT organizations that don’t want to provision the servers, it is now adding more than 5,000 new users per month, with 500,000 runs to provisioning infrastructure executed monthly.
The other two existing levels of services provided by HashiCorp are free instances aimed at individual developers and a Team and Governance services that can be employed to create teams that manage and govern reusable instances of configurations.
Liese said HashiCorp launched the Business tier in part to respond to the needs of enterprise IT organizations looking to automate the provisioning of IT infrastructure at scale. While there is a lot of free-rein usage of open source Terraform tools, Liese said enterprise IT organizations need to ensure security and meet compliance requirements.
Those same enterprise IT teams also tend to provision IT infrastructure concurrently, which, Liese noted, means waiting for one configuration to be completed before another is launched isn’t practical.
Terraform has gained a lot of traction among individual developers who have shown a tendency to prefer open source tools to provision IT infrastructure. That momentum has enabled HashiCorp to provide IT organizations with both commercial support for instances of Terraform they deploy and manage as well as via a service through which instances of Terraform are managed and updated by HashiCorp.
Regardless of the path chosen, the number of IT teams provisioning IT infrastructure as code has increased substantially. Less clear is to what degree that provisioning is being done by developers versus IT operations staff who have mastered Terraform. At a time when many organizations are unable to add more IT personnel, the need to automate the provisioning of IT infrastructure has never been more acute.
Of course, there are still more than a few IT teams who prefer to rely on IT administrators to provision IT infrastructure using legacy tools. However, as the pressure to become more agile continues to steadily increase, it’s now only a matter of time before the manual workflows constructed using those tools are rendered obsolete.