Summary of Terraform at scale: lessons from looking at 100s of IaC setups

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This video discusses Terraform at scale, including the importance of dividing the codebase into modules, introducing stacks, and using patterns such as a landing zone. The main point is that as the codebase grows, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage.

  • 00:00:00 Soren discusses the company, Mineros, and their focus on providing pre-configured infrastructure as code blueprints to enable engineers to get up and running on public clouds quickly. He then shows how many attendees have worked with Terraform before and discusses the results of a poll.
  • 00:05:00 Terraform is a cloud-agnostic tool that enables users to manage infrastructure in a safe, consistent, and repeatable way. Terraform also provides a workflow that makes it easy to define and reuse infrastructure configurations.
  • 00:10:00 The video provides advice on how to scale Terraform by dividing the codebase into isolated modules and introducing stacks. The main point is that as the codebase grows, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage.
  • 00:15:00 The speaker discusses the idea of split up monolithic code bases into multiple stacks and how this can be done with Terraform. They also discuss the concept of dry, which is a software engineering principle aimed at reducing software complexity. Finally, they talk about the use of Terraform to create a landing zone for a group of clouds.
  • 00:20:00 According to the speaker, Terraform at scale involves multiple layers of testing, including code reviews, static code analysis, and automated tests. In order to reduce the time it takes to implement and maintain Terraform, engineers often use precomitables.
  • 00:25:00 In this video, the presenter discusses Terraform at scale, discussing the importance of properly automating infrastructure deployments. They also discuss the benefits of using patterns, such as a landing zone and service catalog, to help delivery teams self-service infrastructure needs.
  • 00:30:00 Terraform is a toolkit that allows developers to create, manage, and deploy infrastructure in the cloud. Terraform enables developers to create and manage infrastructure in a repeatable and efficient manner, without the need for a centralized ops team.
  • 00:35:00 The speaker discusses the benefits of using terraform to manage infrastructure on a large scale, and how to make it easier for developers to use. They also discuss the importance of service catalogs and how to create them.
  • 00:40:00 Terraform is a tool for automating the deployment of infrastructure. It can be used to create multiple states of an infrastructure, and to run different parts of an infrastructure simultaneously.
  • 00:45:00 In this video, Cheryl explains the concept of landing zones and how they work as a practical matter. Landing zones are a centralized layer of your cloud that simplify the management of foundational services, such as databases and queues, for your services. Landing zones are not suitable for managing complex building infrastructure, such as an infrastructure manager like Terraform.
  • 00:50:00 Terraform is a tool for managing infrastructure and applications in a scalable way. It can be used to create new accounts on the fly, detect infrastructure drift, and manage scheduled jobs.
  • 00:55:00 In this video, Terraform administrators discuss how to manage resources and secrets in a large IaaS environment. They also discuss how Terraform can be used to build reusable components. Finally, they provide a link to a slack channel where viewers can ask questions.

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