International hosting provider Hivelocity, a company delivering custom dedicated server solutions, is seeking beta testers for the supported alpha release of their new Terraform provider, part of its evolving public RESTful API. This new integration means that users can now instantly deploy and configure Hivelocity’s bare metal dedicated servers, all using Terraform configuration scripts.
By combining orchestration tools like Terraform with Hivelocity’s new hourly, on-demand billing options, the company’s bare metal infrastructure can be changed as dynamically as the cloud.
“If you want to define your physical infrastructure as code, now you can with our Terraform provider,” said Zach Kazanski, Vice President of Software Development at Hivelocity. “First we automated the physical servers, then the switches, then the rest of our data center, and now it’s all available to our customers via the API and Terraform.”
Public Cloud IntegrationAs a cloud agnostic Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tool, Terraform offers users cross platform functionality, integrating hybrid and multi-cloud environments into a single, unified infrastructure. Available from HashiCorp’s official website, Terraform utilizes syntax written in HCL (HashiCorp Configuration Language). It allows users to codify the automatic deployment and modification of their physical and virtual machines.
With Terraform’s declarative methodology, users can “simply” describe intended end goals, list available resources, and let Terraform handle the process for them. Every configuration file generates an execution plan and resource graph, listing all ingrained dependencies and showing the step-by-step process needed to achieve intended goals. Should details require modification, configuration files can be updated as needed, ensuring the execution plan is ideal before ever making real changes.
Terraform’s cloud agnostic status means it can integrate existing cloud infrastructure, unifying public clouds and dedicated servers into a single, organized solution. Whether users have deployed AWS, Azure, or any of the other popular cloud providers, with Terraform, they can combine the conveniences of the cloud with the reliability of bare metal.
With data centers strategically positioned in 26 global markets, Hivelocity supports businesses in over 130 different countries.