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Buildbot vs Terraform: What are the differences?

Buildbot: Python-based continuous integration testing framework. BuildBot is a system to automate the compile/test cycle required by most software projects to validate code changes. By automatically rebuilding and testing the tree each time something has changed, build problems are pinpointed quickly, before other developers are inconvenienced by the failure; Terraform: Describe your complete infrastructure as code and build resources across providers. With Terraform, you describe your complete infrastructure as code, even as it spans multiple service providers. Your servers may come from AWS, your DNS may come from CloudFlare, and your database may come from Heroku. Terraform will build all these resources across all these providers in parallel.

Buildbot can be classified as a tool in the "Continuous Integration" category, while Terraform is grouped under "Infrastructure Build Tools".

Some of the features offered by Buildbot are:

  • run builds on a variety of slave platforms
  • arbitrary build process: handles projects using C, Python, whatever
  • minimal host requirements: Python and Twisted

On the other hand, Terraform provides the following key features:

  • Infrastructure as Code: Infrastructure is described using a high-level configuration syntax. This allows a blueprint of your datacenter to be versioned and treated as you would any other code. Additionally, infrastructure can be shared and re-used.
  • Execution Plans: Terraform has a "planning" step where it generates an execution plan. The execution plan shows what Terraform will do when you call apply. This lets you avoid any surprises when Terraform manipulates infrastructure.
  • Resource Graph: Terraform builds a graph of all your resources, and parallelizes the creation and modification of any non-dependent resources. Because of this, Terraform builds infrastructure as efficiently as possible, and operators get insight into dependencies in their infrastructure.

"Highly configurable builds" is the top reason why over 8 developers like Buildbot, while over 80 developers mention "Infrastructure as code" as the leading cause for choosing Terraform.

Buildbot and Terraform are both open source tools. Terraform with 17.4K GitHub stars and 4.77K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Buildbot with 3.98K GitHub stars and 1.36K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Terraform has a broader approval, being mentioned in 490 company stacks & 298 developers stacks; compared to Buildbot, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

What is Buildbot?

BuildBot is a system to automate the compile/test cycle required by most software projects to validate code changes. By automatically rebuilding and testing the tree each time something has changed, build problems are pinpointed quickly, before other developers are inconvenienced by the failure.

What is Terraform?

With Terraform, you describe your complete infrastructure as code, even as it spans multiple service providers. Your servers may come from AWS, your DNS may come from CloudFlare, and your database may come from Heroku. Terraform will build all these resources across all these providers in parallel.
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      What are some alternatives to Buildbot and Terraform?
      Jenkins
      In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
      TeamCity
      TeamCity is a user-friendly continuous integration (CI) server for professional developers, build engineers, and DevOps. It is trivial to setup and absolutely free for small teams and open source projects.
      GitLab CI
      GitLab offers a continuous integration service. If you add a .gitlab-ci.yml file to the root directory of your repository, and configure your GitLab project to use a Runner, then each merge request or push triggers your CI pipeline.
      Bitbucket
      Bitbucket gives teams one place to plan projects, collaborate on code, test and deploy, all with free private Git repositories. Teams choose Bitbucket because it has a superior Jira integration, built-in CI/CD, & is free for up to 5 users.
      CircleCI
      Continuous integration and delivery platform helps software teams rapidly release code with confidence by automating the build, test, and deploy process. Offers a modern software development platform that lets teams ramp.
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      Decisions about Buildbot and Terraform
      John Kodumal
      John Kodumal
      CTO at LaunchDarkly | 3 upvotes 35.8K views
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      Armory
      Armory
      Packer
      Packer
      Terraform
      Terraform
      Spinnaker
      Spinnaker
      Ansible
      Ansible

      LaunchDarkly is almost a five year old company, and our methodology for deploying was state of the art... for 2014. We recently undertook a project to modernize the way we #deploy our software, moving from Ansible-based deploy scripts that executed on our local machines, to using Spinnaker (along with Terraform and Packer) as the basis of our deployment system. We've been using Armory's enterprise Spinnaker offering to make this project a reality.

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      Joseph Kunzler
      Joseph Kunzler
      DevOps Engineer at Tillable | 9 upvotes 30.3K views
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      AWS CloudFormation
      AWS CloudFormation
      AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
      AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
      Amazon EC2
      Amazon EC2
      Amazon S3
      Amazon S3
      Terraform
      Terraform

      We use Terraform because we needed a way to automate the process of building and deploying feature branches. We wanted to hide the complexity such that when a dev creates a PR, it triggers a build and deployment without the dev having to worry about any of the 'plumbing' going on behind the scenes. Terraform allows us to automate the process of provisioning DNS records, Amazon S3 buckets, Amazon EC2 instances and AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)'s. It also makes it easy to tear it all down when finished. We also like that it supports multiple clouds, which is why we chose to use it over AWS CloudFormation.

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      AWS CloudFormation
      AWS CloudFormation
      Google Cloud Deployment Manager
      Google Cloud Deployment Manager
      Terraform
      Terraform

      I use Terraform because it hits the level of abstraction pocket of being high-level and flexible, and is agnostic to cloud platforms. Creating complex infrastructure components for a solution with a UI console is tedious to repeat. Using low-level APIs are usually specific to cloud platforms, and you still have to build your own tooling for deploying, state management, and destroying infrastructure.

      However, Terraform is usually slower to implement new services compared to cloud-specific APIs. It's worth the trade-off though, especially if you're multi-cloud. I heard someone say, "We want to preference a cloud, not lock in to one." Terraform builds on that claim.

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      Pedro Arnal Puente
      Pedro Arnal Puente
      CTO at La Cupula Music SL | 7 upvotes 48.2K views
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      Ansible
      Ansible
      Packer
      Packer
      Terraform
      Terraform
      Amazon ElastiCache
      Amazon ElastiCache
      Redis
      Redis
      Amazon RDS for Aurora
      Amazon RDS for Aurora
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      Amazon S3
      Amazon EC2
      Amazon EC2
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      Debian

      Our base infrastructure is composed of Debian based servers running in Amazon EC2 , asset storage with Amazon S3 , and Amazon RDS for Aurora and Redis under Amazon ElastiCache for data storage.

      We are starting to work in automated provisioning and management with Terraform , Packer , and Ansible .

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      GitHub
      Google Compute Engine
      Google Compute Engine
      Google Cloud Storage
      Google Cloud Storage
      Google BigQuery
      Google BigQuery
      Google Cloud Bigtable
      Google Cloud Bigtable
      Google Cloud Run
      Google Cloud Run
      Google Cloud Build
      Google Cloud Build
      Google Cloud Deployment Manager
      Google Cloud Deployment Manager
      Python
      Python
      Terraform
      Terraform
      Google Cloud IoT Core
      Google Cloud IoT Core

      Context: I wanted to create an end to end IoT data pipeline simulation in Google Cloud IoT Core and other GCP services. I never touched Terraform meaningfully until working on this project, and it's one of the best explorations in my development career. The documentation and syntax is incredibly human-readable and friendly. I'm used to building infrastructure through the google apis via Python , but I'm so glad past Sung did not make that decision. I was tempted to use Google Cloud Deployment Manager, but the templates were a bit convoluted by first impression. I'm glad past Sung did not make this decision either.

      Solution: Leveraging Google Cloud Build Google Cloud Run Google Cloud Bigtable Google BigQuery Google Cloud Storage Google Compute Engine along with some other fun tools, I can deploy over 40 GCP resources using Terraform!

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      Royal Icing uses TerraformTerraform

      Terraform makes it so easy to deploy AWS and Google Cloud services, with the declarative approach avoiding so many headaches of manual work and possible mistakes.

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      • Infrastructure as Code.
      • Central tool to deploy all infratructure: AWS, CloudFlare, StatusCake
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      Prime Technologies uses TerraformTerraform

      The entire AWS environments is described and setup using Terraform.

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      Binded uses TerraformTerraform

      All of our infrastructure is stored as code thanks to Terraform.

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      Razorpay uses TerraformTerraform

      We orchestrate our AWS infrastructure using Terraform.

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