Cloud Engineering

Software engineering practices made for the cloud

Apply standard software engineering practices and tools uniformly across infrastructure, development, and compliance teams to tame the complexity of delivering and managing modern cloud applications.

Best practices

Cloud Engineering teams build, deploy, and manage modern cloud applications and infrastructure as software written in general purpose languages, including the application logic, cloud infrastructure, and cloud policies.


Cloud engineers use cloud resources to build shared services platforms and reusable infrastructure components.

General-Purpose Programming Languages

Define infrastructure with general-purpose programming languages like TypeScript/JavaScript, Python, Go, .NET, and Java and use standard constructs like loops and conditionals. This gives you more flexibility and reduces complexity compared to domain-specific languages. You could also use markup languages like YAML as a simple way for consuming complex infrastructure modeled in general-purpose languages.

Broad Development Ecosystem

Use programming languages and modern software development tools to increase speed and quality. For example, developers can use IDEs, test frameworks, and package managers to build infrastructure.

Modern Application Development Experience

Build modern architectures (such as Kubernetes or serverless) on multiple clouds using a streamlined, more productive workflow and toolset instead of stitching together multiple deployment tools and Bash scripts.

Share and Reuse Best Practices

Build higher-level frameworks and custom platforms for cloud infrastructure that codify your best practices. Share these best practices within your company or with the community.


Cloud engineers deliver both infrastructure and application code through a unified process that increases efficiency and quality.

Unified Infrastructure & Application CI/CD Pipeline

Deliver infrastructure and application code through a single CI/CD pipeline rather than separate pipelines for each. This streamlines versioning, building, testing, and deploying cloud applications.

Test Frameworks for Infrastructure

Run unit and integration tests to validate infrastructure changes before deploying them to production. This encourages a test-driven development approach that reduces errors and increases deployment confidence.

Advanced Deployment Automation

Orchestrate automated deployments by programming them within application code. This enables programmatically deploying infrastructure with APIs instead of using a CLI-driven workflow.

End-to-End Change History

All application and infrastructure changes are tracked with a complete history of who changed what and when. Maintain fine-grained diffs and set up the ability to easily roll back changes, if needed.


Cloud engineers manage their cloud infrastructure and applications with Policy-as-Code, access controls, and auditing histories.


Define Policy-as-Code to proactively enforce compliance across your infrastructure and correct configuration drift. You can write rules that check for security, cost, reliability, best practices, and more.

Auditing and Access Controls

Create visibility across your infrastructure using audit logs and viewing diffs for cloud resource changes, just like in Git. Set fine-grained controls on who can access and change infrastructure within your organization.

Team-wide Visibility

Ensure that your entire team (both infrastructure and developer roles) has visibility across cloud applications, including what resources exist and which changes have been made. This builds better collaboration for all.

Benefits of
Cloud Engineering

Unlock the potential of the modern cloud

Modern cloud architectures, such as Kubernetes, have high innovation potential but are complicated to adopt. Cloud engineering empowers teams to tame this complexity with software engineering practices and tools.

Increase innovation velocity and agility

Cloud engineering democratizes the cloud for developers. By using reusable infrastructure components written in programming languages, developers can more easily use the infrastructure they need to build applications faster.

Decrease infrastructure risks

Cloud engineering “shifts risk left” through frequent testing. Every change is reviewed and tested before deployment. Policy-as-Code enforces compliance across every deployment, and access controls prevent unauthorized changes.

Foster closer collaboration

Cloud engineering breaks down silos between infrastructure, application development, and compliance teams through shared languages, tools, and processes. This increases collaboration and efficiency by removing process friction.

Use cases

Shared services platforms
Greenfield modern applications
AI and ML workloads
On-premises to cloud migration
Migrate from an existing tool

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Case studies

Ultimately, I think what really excited us about Pulumi was that we could use languages that we already know for cloud infrastructure and we knew we could solve for future use cases that we hadn’t even thought of yet - all because the languages and tools are general-purpose.

Jonas-Taha El Sesiy

Senior Software Engineer

I needed a solution that cut across silos and gave our developers a tool they could use themselves to provision infrastructure to suit their own immediate needs. The way Pulumi solves the multi-cloud problem is exactly what I was looking for.

Dinesh Ramamurthy

Engineering Manager, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America

Once you use a familiar programming language to tackle a problem, you see that you can do way more in less time. Pulumi was a natural choice based on the background and skills of our people in DevOps.

Fernando Carlietti

Lead DevOps Engineer, Credijusto

Pulumi’s Automation API helps us to build on existing best practices and further automate our deployment process — eliminating manual tasks and exception handling.

Igor Shapiro

Principal Engineer at Lemonade

Pulumi is the foundational technology that allowed us to transform our organization…Our industry moves with incredible speed and using tools like Pulumi are absolutely essential to providing teams with the agility that they require.

At Menta Network we have a lot of experience with Ansible and Puppet but wanted to shift to more modern tools to manage our infrastructure. We tried Terraform but found that Pulumi was far easier to use given its Python support. Ultimately, Pulumi is just as robust as Terraform and has the added benefit of reducing the complexity of managing many configurations and environments.

Ernesto Mendoza

CTO at Menta Network

Pulumi has changed how our team works by giving us deployment superpowers. It’s great to run ‘pulumi up’ and not have to worry about deploying an invalid configuration.

Beyang Liu

Sourcegraph CTO

Pulumi improved our time-to-market by removing cloud infrastructure as a roadblock to business innovation. Our developers rely on Pulumi’s Universal Infrastructure as Code and software engineering approach to build modern cloud applications, including the underlying infrastructure, using programming languages they understand. This has resulted in faster software delivery, closer collaboration and higher-quality deployments. Every developer is now empowered to move faster and spend more time on developing things that matter to our customers, which drives a competitive advantage for Fenergo.

Keith Redmond

VP of SaaS Engineering, Fenergo

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Pulumi is a cloud engineering platform that brings infrastructure, application development, and compliance teams together through a unified software engineering process to deliver and manage modern cloud applications