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AWS CloudFormation Alternatives and Competitors

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ArpanBalpande
Senior Information Technology System Analyst at YAUSH Technologies
Real User
Top 5
Easy to deploy, stable, and scalable with good support and many useful features

Pros and Cons

  • "The state backend, automated describe functionality, modular structures, and variablization using templates are most valuable."
  • "The state locking functionality can be improved. In certain situations, we have to force-unlock the state, which sometimes does not work. When that happens, we have to manually go to the state backend and remove that particular state, which is kind of a cumbersome process. It should also have more functions, more expressions, and support for more products."

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for infrastructure as code automation. We are running its latest version.

What is most valuable?

The state backend, automated describe functionality, modular structures, and variablization using templates are most valuable.

What needs improvement?

The state locking functionality can be improved. In certain situations, we have to force-unlock the state, which sometimes does not work. When that happens, we have to manually go to the state backend and remove that particular state, which is kind of a cumbersome process.

It should also have more functions, more expressions, and support for more products.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for almost four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has good stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is good in terms of scalability. We have almost 35 to 40 users. We definitely plan to increase its usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

We did interact with their technical support. It was easy to schedule a call with them. It was also easy to contact their sales team and the support team. It was definitely a good experience.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had AWS CloudFormation as well as Azure ARM templates.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is quite good and simple. It didn't take more than one and a half hours.

What about the implementation team?

I did it myself. We have four people for its maintenance. We have one admin and three deployers.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

They have given it to us at a monthly cost, but it is on a yearly basis.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to understand the state backend and how Terraform works. They should also go through functions as well as expressions in the Terraform official documentation.

I would rate HashiCorp Terraform an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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