Application delivery company HashiCorp launched an enterprise software product to increase support for automating the deployment of cloud infrastructure.
The company’s Terraform Enterprise product is software for provisioning cloud-based and on-premises infrastructure. The product was pushed into beta at a HashiCorp event in September and is now available for general consumption.
The product supports code development collaboration through the platform and provides governance and policy management with HashiCorp’s Sentinel policy as code framework. Sentinel allows for the setting of policy “guardrails” for provisioning resources via Terraform Enterprise.
Terraform Enterprise also includes a new organizing concept for infrastructure automation dubbed Workspaces; an application programming interface (API) for integrating existing tooling or application delivery pipelines; and support for security assertion markup language (SAML) that uses cryptography and digital signatures instead of passwords.
The product targets three core use cases for companies adopting cloud: infrastructure as code to automate provisioning; multi-cloud management; and self-service infrastructure from operators for developers to consistently provision infrastructure.
Those salivating at such capabilities can tap into the product through either a software-as-a-service (SaaS) or private installation.
Now for the confusing part: organizations using the legacy Terraform Enterprise edition that was also known as Atlas will need a wholesale upgrade to the new platform. Access and support for the Atlas version will be shuttered on March 30, 2018.
The San Francisco-based company was founded in 2012 and has raised $74 million to date. The latest was a $40 million Series C funding round that closed in October. Financial backers include Mayfield, GGV Capital, Redpoint, and True Ventures.
RedMonk analyst Fintan Ryan likened Terraform as a “gateway drug” for HashiCorp.
“As more enterprises are moving toward a multi-cloud world, the range of providers for Terraform, ranging from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google through to Aliababa, IBM, and VMware, continues to grow and provides a welcome abstraction layer,” Ryan noted in a recent blog post.
Moving forward, Ryan said one possible concern for HashiCorp is the rise in serverless computing. Serverless computing in general is designed to reduce the amount of overhead associated with offering services in the cloud. This includes the ability for a cloud provider to dynamically manage server resources.
“The most important utility in serverless computing is the ability to use adjacent services such as storage, analytics, and so forth,” Ryan wrote. “But this also quickly leads to an all-in on a specific provider model. In this case, the utility of tools such as Terraform is greatly diminished, and a popular gateway disappears.”
However, broader adoption of serverless computing remains years away. Charlie Li, chief cloud officer at Capgemini, recently noted serverless computing uptake was running at least a year behind that of containers.
“We will see in a year,” Li said. “It may even be two years before there is mass adoption of serverless. All of our clients are expressing interest in trying serverless, but outside of a few new applications being launched and some PoCs [proof of concepts], mass adoption is still some time away.”
Story updated to clarify HashiCorp’s Wordspaces product.