Building Jamstack Infrastructure With Pulumi

Sophia Parafina Sophia Parafina
Building Jamstack Infrastructure With Pulumi

A Jamstack is a modern architecture for building websites; JAM stands for JavaScript, APIs, and Markup. Jamstacks are deployed on a CDN, and content is stored on a cloud services provider. In addition to the speed and simplicity of deploying static content served from a CDN, there are other advantages such as maintaining content with git, modern build tools to generate the static content, automated builds, atomic deploys, and instant cache validation.

While build tools have simplified the process of creating content ready for deployment on a CDN, creating the infrastructure to serve the content remains complicated. You can use a cloud provider’s web interface or script the build using a CLI tool if you want to manage your infrastructure instead of using a hosted solution. The alternative is to use infrastructure as code tool to automate building and deploying cloud resources. This article demonstrates how to create a jamstack website and deploy it on AWS using Pulumi.

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What's new in Pulumi 2.0 for Kubernetes

Mike Metral Mike Metral
What's new in Pulumi 2.0 for Kubernetes

We recently announced the 2.0 release of Pulumi which includes parity for Node.js (JavaScript, TypeScript), Python, .NET (C#, F#, etc) and Go, and improvements to Kubernetes and dozens of other supported cloud resource providers.

Kubernetes support in Pulumi spans orchestration of clusters and application workloads. Clusters can be managed by cloud providers or self-managed. Workloads use the same Kubernetes API to create and manage API resources in the supported Pulumi languages through packages directly generated from the OpenAPI specification.

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Access Control for Pods on Amazon EKS

Mike Metral Mike Metral
Access Control for Pods on Amazon EKS

Amazon EKS clusters can use IAM roles and policies for Pods to assign fine-grained access control of AWS services. The AWS IAM entities map into Kubernetes RBAC to configure the permissions of Pods that work with AWS services.

Together, AWS IAM and Kubernetes RBAC enable least-privileged access for your apps, scoped to the appropriate policies and user requirements.

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At Scale Infrastructure Testing With Pulumi

Dustin Farris Dustin Farris
At Scale Infrastructure Testing With Pulumi

Guest Article: Dustin Farris is an experienced cloud engineering consultant. He’s currently building a new data lake for a large public university using Pulumi. The project handles sensitive student and research data and as a result, his team must meet stringent QA and security requirements. Dustin shows how resource mocking in Pulumi makes testing and verification faster than ever before.

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Pulumi Wins 2020 Gartner Cool Vendor Award

Sophia Parafina Sophia Parafina
Pulumi Wins 2020 Gartner Cool Vendor Award

Pulumi is honored to be named as one of only three vendors in the 2020 Gartner Cool Vendor for Agile and DevOps report, published on May 28th, 2020. Being recognized in this way is a strong validation of Pulumi’s impact thanks to our more modern approach to Infrastructure as Code and approaches to building cloud software. Vendors can only be selected once and in only one category making this an exclusive award.

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Benefits of Policy as Code

Sophia Parafina Sophia Parafina
Benefits of Policy as Code

Writing infrastructure policy in a high-level programming language helps automate and enforce best practices. When policies are written with code, you can apply software development practices such as testing, automated deployment, and version control. Cloud providers typically offer a GUI to create policies, but creating policies is not easily repeatable, nor can you version policies. Moreover, policies must be tested against a live system, which means using an existing system or configuring and deploying an ephemeral version.

While the benefits of writing policies as code are evident for developers and operators, the organizational benefits are even more significant. Organizations can realize cost savings, improved compliance, efficient deployments, fine-grained control over infrastructure, and better use of cloud provider native resources. Let’s take a look at these benefits in-depth.

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Unit Testing Cloud Deployments with .NET

Mikhail Shilkov Mikhail Shilkov
Unit Testing Cloud Deployments with .NET

Because Pulumi uses general-purpose programming languages to provision cloud resources, you can take advantage of native tools and perform automated tests of your infrastructure. The full power of each language is available, including access to libraries and frameworks for testing.

This blog post takes a deeper dive into mock-based unit testing of Pulumi programs written in C# and F#.

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Welcoming Go to the Pulumi Family

Evan Boyle Evan Boyle
Welcoming Go to the Pulumi Family

Over the last 10 years, Go has quickly become the “language of the cloud” for building application servers and services that run in and on today’s cloud platforms. With Pulumi 2.0, Go can also be used to manage and provision modern infrastructure as well. Across any cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP, Kubernetes and more than 50 others!) and across a variety of workloads (containers, serverless, kubernetes, core infrastructure and more), you can now use the rich software engineering strengths of the Go language and ecosystem to manage your cloud infrastructure. The Pulumi open source project itself has been built on Go from day 1, and so we’re really excited to bring full Go support for cloud infrastructure as code to the same language ecosystem that Pulumi itself has been part of.

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