Ansible, Terraform Excel Among Site Reliability Engineers, DevOps
Almost three-quarters of Chef users in the 2020 StackOverflow survey don’t want to use it next year. Only IBM DB2, VBA and a couple of other technologies are as “dreaded” in the industry. Puppet’s outlook isn’t that much better.
Over the last several years, Red Hat’s Ansible and now HashiCorp’s Terraform have risen to become two of the top tools used to deploy infrastructure as code. Ansible and Terraform are used by a third of the survey participants that describe site reliability engineering as one of their job roles. Many site reliability engineers (SREs) are clamoring to use Terraform in the upcoming year, while the other three tools are set for declines.
More than half of the SRE respondents also described themselves as DevOps specialists. Among this group, Terraform is also expected to shine in 2020, while a slight increase is predicted for the other three tools. The SREs and DevOps roles are very likely to be using these tools, it is instructive to focus on their technology roadmaps when evaluating the future of various solutions that are sometimes described as infrastructure as code.
The StackOverflow survey did not ask about many other infrastructure-as-code tools, with AWS CloudFormation, Helm, and SaltStack noticeably missing from the questionnaire. These and other tools native to other cloud platforms will be included in The New Stack’s reporting about the viability of multicloud programmable infrastructure.