This year at its annual user conference, HashiCorp introduced a new tier to its Terraform Cloud service, a paid version that is one for smaller teams. View in browser »
The New Stack Update

ISSUE 184: Terraform the Middle

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How do we make sure our products don’t reflect our org charts?”

HashiCorp's Preeti Somal on how HashiCorp scaled up its workforce while maintaining a rapid release schedule, HashiConf 2019.
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Open Source Programs are Overwhelmingly Beneficial

Source Program Offices Improve Software Practices

In partnership with The Linux Foundation’s TODO Group and co-sponsored by VMware, The New Stack conducted its second annual “Open Source Programs (OSPOs) in the Enterprise” survey to investigate how and if these open source programs are succeeding. We found an emerging consensus about how best to manage and promote open source initiatives. Here are few key findings

  • Adoption of open source programs and initiatives is widespread and goes beyond early adopters. More than half (52%) of the 2,700 study participants either have a formal or informal program or their company is planning to create one
  • Hiring of open source developers is a more prominent concern. Forty-two percent of companies planning a program say they are at least sometimes hiring developers to work on an open source project, up from 33% in 2018.
  • Code quality is associated with open source software practices. Forty-one percent of participants with OSS management initiatives say these programs are responsible for ensuring high quality and frequent releases to open source communities. Overall, 81% believe the OSPO has had a positive impact their company’s software practices. In open-ended questions, many respondents discussed how code review processes instituted by OSS programs had a positive impact on code quality.

Ten more charts and much more detail can be found on The New Stack.

What's Happening

Part of the transition to DevOps that comes with cloud native application development has been a shift in responsibility for storage, away from dedicated specialists towards developers who are increasingly responsible for provisioning the storage for the applications they build.

“People do not want storage to be a complicated task,” said Chris Merz, principal technologist at NetApp. “It is a piece of infrastructure. It should be simple, it should be scalable, it should be self-healing. They should follow the same patterns as the systems that DevOps practitioners and cloud native architects are building every day.”

Storage in a DevOps World

Terraform the Middle

This year at its annual user conference, HashiCorp introduced a new tier to its Terraform Cloud service, a paid version that isn't the full enterprise version, but one for smaller teams. Terraform Cloud services is like the GitHub to Terraform's git. Terraform is an infrastructure management tool that can be used from a laptop; HashiCorp now offers a free tier on Terraform Cloud, where the CLI commands are translated into API calls. The new paid new tier offers the ability to manage teams with full role-based access control (RBAC). 

In an upcoming interview with HashiCorp CEO Dave McJannet, he said this tier addresses a previously underserved segment for the rapidly growing company: projects that have blossomed into full-scale apps that need predictable infrastructure. They don’t quite require the governance controls that enterprises do, but they do require coordination. As a project utilizing Terraform grows, the company reasons, it will have more contributors, and everything will need to be tracked and controlled. This is the way HashiCorp picks what to open source or not: charge for those features that are not core, but which address requirements that come mainly through professional use.

For us at The New Stack, HashiCorp’s new offering bodes well for cloud native computing. Startups are skipping over the legacy stacks altogether, and small to midsize businesses are now fielding larger initiatives with the technology. Terraform has been adopted by the tech-savvy industry giants, and also by the cutting-edge open source users. Now, the company is going after the largest market in the middle.

Infrastructure-as-code, and by extension, cloud native computing, is on a path to mainstream acceptance.

HTTP Alternative RSocket Gets a Home at The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation continues growing this week with the launch of the Reactive Foundation, “a community of leaders established to accelerate technologies for building the next generation of networked applications,” according to a statement. Upon founding, those leaders will include Alibaba, Facebook, Netflix and Pivotal, with the open source RSocket specification and programming language implementations.

The Tools You Need to Run GitOps-Based Automated Deployments

If you’re sold on the idea of GitOps, your next question will be what are the tools required to make GitOps actually happen? It should come as no surprise that there are a number of tools that comprise the GitOps process. Some are obvious choices—Kubernetes, Terraform, and Prometheus, but there are also some surprises in this stack: Flux (the Kubernetes tools that matches your cluster configuration with what it finds in your Git repository), and Flagger (for canary deployments).

PHP Creator Rasmus Lerdorf Shares Lessons Learned from the Last 25 Years

This year’s annual phpDay Italian PHP conference in Verona ended with a surprisingly reflective talk from the original creator of PHP. As the closing speaker, 50-year-old Rasmus Lerdorf, looked back over the web backend programming language’s last 25 years, they offered some lessons learned from the evolution of a humble hypertext preprocessor into a major player in the infrastructure of the web.

Party On

So glad these three were on our pancake breakfast panel at TC Sessions: Enterprise— they provided many insights. Left to right: Katherine Boyle, Principal at General Catalyst; Melissa Pancoast, founder & CEO at The Beans; and Sameer Patel, former CEO at Kahuna.

HashiCorp's Preeti Somal talked about the growth of HashiCorp.

HashiCorp CEO Dave McJannet (left) and HashiCorp director of product Rob Genova.

Microsoft's Brendan Burns talked at HashiConf about the help Microsoft provided to HashiCorp to launch its hosted Consul service.

On The Road


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