Let’s face it, developers spend their days writing business logic and already have enough going on with all the demands imposed on their time. Forcing developers to also learn all the ins and outs of declarative programming, multiple CSPs, and security puts a lot of pressure on them which leads to stress, burnout, and context-switching overload. It can take years to achieve true cloud mastery, which is why DevOps was invented in the first place so there was a division of labor between application development and cloud development. It’s at this boundary between application development and cloud development that Blueprints come in to help simplify how application developers use the cloud.
DevOps/Cloud engineers likewise have so many demands on their time and are usually under a lot of pressure. The last thing they want to do is become bottlenecks for application development and perform monotonous tasks like deploying the same cloud infrastructure over and over again for application teams. What if cloud teams could create a best practice way of using the cloud once, make that easy enough for anyone to use, and then focus on higher-value tasks that they actually enjoy doing?
Whether you’re a ten-person startup or an engineering organization with 50,000 employees, Blueprints make Terraform easier to create, adopt, scale, and understand - regardless of cloud expertise. Here are the benefits you can expect to gain from adopting Blueprints:
- Simple Terraform module management for your Ops/Cloud team
- Faster cloud deployments through self-service capabilities for application developers
- A significantly lower barrier to entry for using Terraform
- Consistent cloud usage across teams regardless of Terraform expertise
- Governance standards, best practices, and business usage context baked into your infrastructure code
No. Blueprints don’t actually use HCL under the hood in any way to dynamically generate Terraform code and as such, you have nothing to worry about.
You can think of Blueprints as a comprehensive Terraform framework that empowers your organization to use Terraform for everything that you need to do on the cloud. AutoCloud's Terraform Blueprints allow Terraform experts to create incredibly powerful deployment patterns on top Terraform modules which can be invoked in multiple ways including forms, and API-driven workflows. Blueprints are dynamic, composable, and configurable in different ways depending on different usage contexts. The AutoCloud platform allows you to maintain, manage, and distribute Blueprints to different teams or individuals while abstracting away the implementation details of Terraform for these users.