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Habitat vs Terraform: What are the differences?

Developers describe Habitat as "Application Automation framework by Chef". Habitat is a new approach to automation that focuses on the application instead of the infrastructure it runs on. With Habitat, the apps you build, deploy, and manage behave consistently in any runtime鈥夆斺塵etal, VMs, containers, and PaaS. You'll spend less time on the environment and more time building features. On the other hand, Terraform is detailed as "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.

Habitat and Terraform belong to "Infrastructure Build Tools" category of the tech stack.

Habitat and Terraform are both open source tools. It seems that Terraform with 17.4K GitHub stars and 4.77K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Habitat with 1.94K GitHub stars and 294 GitHub forks.

What is Habitat?

Habitat is a new approach to automation that focuses on the application instead of the infrastructure it runs on. With Habitat, the apps you build, deploy, and manage behave consistently in any runtime鈥夆斺塵etal, VMs, containers, and PaaS. You'll spend less time on the environment and more time building features.

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 Habitat and Terraform?
        AWS CloudFormation
        You can use AWS CloudFormation鈥檚 sample templates or create your own templates to describe the AWS resources, and any associated dependencies or runtime parameters, required to run your application. You don鈥檛 need to figure out the order in which AWS services need to be provisioned or the subtleties of how to make those dependencies work.
        Packer
        Packer automates the creation of any type of machine image. It embraces modern configuration management by encouraging you to use automated scripts to install and configure the software within your Packer-made images.
        GeoEngineer
        GeoEngineer uses Terraform to plan and execute changes, so the DSL to describe resources is similar to Terraform's. GeoEngineer's DSL also provides programming and object oriented features like inheritance, abstraction, branching and looping.
        Pulumi
        Pulumi is a cloud development platform that makes creating cloud programs easy and productive. Skip the YAML and just write code. Pulumi is multi-language, multi-cloud and fully extensible in both its engine and ecosystem of packages.
        Atlas
        Atlas is one foundation to manage and provide visibility to your servers, containers, VMs, configuration management, service discovery, and additional operations services.
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        Decisions about Habitat and Terraform
        John Kodumal
        John Kodumal
        CTO at LaunchDarkly | 3 upvotes 37.5K 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 31.8K 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.

        Terraform Google Cloud Deployment Manager AWS CloudFormation

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        Pedro Arnal Puente
        Pedro Arnal Puente
        CTO at La Cupula Music SL | 7 upvotes 52.6K 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
        Amazon S3
        Amazon S3
        Amazon EC2
        Amazon EC2
        Debian
        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
        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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        How developers use Habitat and Terraform
        Avatar of Royal Icing
        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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        B霉i Thanh uses TerraformTerraform
        • Infrastructure as Code.
        • Central tool to deploy all infratructure: AWS, CloudFlare, StatusCake
        Avatar of Prime Technologies
        Prime Technologies uses TerraformTerraform

        The entire AWS environments is described and setup using Terraform.

        Avatar of Binded
        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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