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Context: New Versions of HashiCorp’s TerraForm Cloud for Teams and for Governance

13 Sep 2019 5:00pm, by

Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and views from the cloud native community. This week we recorded our podcast from HashiConf in Seattle with Hashicorp co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Armon Dadgar.

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This year at its annual user conference — Seattle this year — HashiCorp introduced two new tiers to its Terraform Cloud service, a paid version that isn’t the full enterprise version, but one for smaller teams, and another one that covers governance, and cost prediction. Terraform Cloud is like the GitHub to Terraform’s git. Terraform, an infrastructure management tool, can be used from a laptop, and HashiCorp offers a free tier on Terraform Cloud, where the CLI commands are translated into API calls. The new Teams tier offers the ability to manage teams, with full RBAC control. And the Governance edition, also paid, has a code framework for enforcing granular rules against infrastructure, and even cost estimation, which provides a prediction of how much a proposed infrastructure will cost to run in the cloud.

In our talk, Dadgar explained that the tier addresses a heretofore underserved segment for the rapidly growing company: projects that have blossomed into full-scale apps that need predictable infrastructure. They don’t quite require the governance controls that the enterprises (aka the “Fortune 2000”) do, but they do require coordination. As a Terraformed project grows, the company reasons, it will have more contributors, and everything will need to be tracked and controlled.

We also spoke about HashiCorp’s most popular software, Consul, a service mesh that was created years before “service mesh” became a thing. This year the company launched a hosted version of the software on Azure, with the help of Microsoft.

Then, later in the podcast, we discuss some of the other top stories from the past week, including a celebration of 25 years of PHP, a Netflix alternative to HTTP called rSocket, a tool chest for building GitOps, and a tease to all the Java news coming from Oracle OpenWorld 2019 next week.

Libby Clark, who is the editorial and marketing director at TNS, hosted this podcast, with the help of Joab Jackson, managing editor at The New Stack.

HashiCorp and Oracle are sponsors of The New Stack.

Feature image: Armon Dadgar keynoting at HashiConf.

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