This is the third of a three-part series originally published on The New Stack. Read Part 1 and Part 2. Engineers who modernize their Infrastructure as Code with Pulumi get two classes of benefits: Infrastructure as Code to develop cloud infrastructure with code. Pulumi Cloud, which tames cloud infrastructure management at scale. We’ve covered a fair bit of the first above, but have yet to scratch the surface for the second.
This is the second of a three-part series originally published on The New Stack. Following the first piece in this series, Infrastructure as Code in Any Programming Language, this walkthrough will show what it takes to get up and running with Infrastructure as Code. Everything we show will be done with Pulumi’s free and open source Infrastructure as Code SDK. You can also sign up for Pulumi Cloud. After discussing the basics of how to get going, we’ll then dive into some advanced use cases to show what you can do from there.
This is the first of a three-part series originally published on The New Stack. Infrastructure as Code is a technology for automating the infrastructure for your cloud applications. If you’re an engineer, whether that’s developing a backend service or within a central platform team, it’s not just about writing application code. You’ll need to provision, update and perform other tasks associated with its supporting infrastructure, and that’s where Infrastructure as Code can help.
Denis Willett is a software engineer at the North Carolina Institute of Climate Studies who works on the NOAA Open Data Dissemination Program. His work focuses on leveraging cloud technologies for the development of data processing and machine learning pipelines. Denis did his PhD in Entomology and Nematology at University of Florida and his undergraduate and masters work in Earth Systems at Stanford University. You can read his full bio here.
NOAA Open Data Dissemination (NODD) makes environmental data freely and publicly accessible across Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure (Azure), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). These data include near real-time satellite imagery, weather models, radar feeds, drought information, ocean databases, and a suite of climate data records among many others. This program supports more than 220 datasets and over 24PB of open data. Since its inception, the program has been growing rapidly, almost doubling in size over the past year.
On a regular basis, articles and tweets pass by discussing whether some specific tool is imperative or declarative.
It’s no surprise that Pulumi is often the tool being debated. What if I tell you that Pulumi is imperative, declarative and imperative?
At PulumiUP 2022, Tomas Jansson, software architect at Elkjøp Nordic, gave a presentation on how to enable developers to self-service infrastructure by using Pulumi’s Automation API. Elkjøp Nordic is the leading consumer electronics retailer in the Nordics. The company sells consumer electronics, mobile phones, computers, white goods, domestic appliances, and services linked to these products both directly to consumers and to businesses. It is an omnichannel retailer and serves customers both online and through more than 400 stores.
Infrastructure has become a core part of application development as modern cloud capabilities such as microservices, containers, serverless, and data stores define your application’s architecture. The term “infrastructure” covers all of the cloud resources your application needs to run. Modern architectures require thinking deeply about infrastructure while building your application, instead of treating it as an afterthought. Pulumi’s approach helps developers, infrastructure engineers, and platform teams work together to leverage everything the modern cloud has to offer.
Unbelievably, we just celebrated Pulumi’s 5th birthday. To commemorate, we are publishing multi-part series on all things infrastructure as code, starting with why we’re so excited about it: All Roads Lead Back to Infrastructure as Code Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Infrastructure as Code Internals Bringing Applications and Infrastructure Closer Together Ringing in the Cloud Engineering Era (Bonus) The Future of Infrastructure as Code We published the first post today, and the others will soon follow in the weeks to come.
Our mission with Pulumi was to make it 100x easier to program the cloud. We saw amazing new architectures and capabilities made possible by the modern cloud, and new and exciting software and business outcomes fueled by adopting them. And yet, back in 2017 when we began, we found the models for programming, composing, and building modern cloud software sorely lacking. “Infrastructure as code” is widely accepted as the table stakes solution, yet most people were copy-and-pasting config scripts in bash, encoding architecture in thousands of lines of YAML, and the best in class technologies used proprietary domain-specific languages that lacked great IDEs and true sharing and reuse, and were simply reinventing the wheel.
What do assembly languages and the cloud have in common? Are abstractions the future of cloud computing? What does “infrastructure” really mean? And why do these questions matter to the platform engineers, infrastructure engineers, and developers who are building modern cloud applications today? Joe Duffy (Founder & CEO, Pulumi) and James Governor (Co-founder, RedMonk) recently answered these questions and more in a conversation about developer-first infrastructure. Developer-first infrastructure means empowering developers to build and deploy modern cloud applications and infrastructure through the use of software engineering practices that tame modern cloud complexity.