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Terraform vs Zookeeper: What are the differences?

Developers describe Terraform 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. On the other hand, Zookeeper is detailed as "Because coordinating distributed systems is a Zoo". A centralized service for maintaining configuration information, naming, providing distributed synchronization, and providing group services. All of these kinds of services are used in some form or another by distributed applications.

Terraform and Zookeeper are primarily classified as "Infrastructure Build" and "Open Source Service Discovery" tools respectively.

"Infrastructure as code" is the primary reason why developers consider Terraform over the competitors, whereas "High performance ,easy to generate node specific config" was stated as the key factor in picking Zookeeper.

Terraform is an open source tool with 17.7K GitHub stars and 4.83K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Terraform's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Terraform has a broader approval, being mentioned in 510 company stacks & 313 developers stacks; compared to Zookeeper, which is listed in 116 company stacks and 48 developer stacks.

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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.

What is Zookeeper?

A centralized service for maintaining configuration information, naming, providing distributed synchronization, and providing group services. All of these kinds of services are used in some form or another by distributed applications.
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      What are some alternatives to Terraform and Zookeeper?
      Ansible
      Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible鈥檚 goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
      Kubernetes
      Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
      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.
      Cloud Foundry
      Cloud Foundry is an open platform as a service (PaaS) that provides a choice of clouds, developer frameworks, and application services. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy, and scale applications.
      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.
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      Decisions about Terraform and Zookeeper
      John Kodumal
      John Kodumal
      CTO at LaunchDarkly | 3 upvotes 27.2K 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 23.5K 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 28.7K views
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      Ansible
      Ansible
      Packer
      Packer
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      Terraform
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      Amazon ElastiCache
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      Redis
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      Amazon RDS for Aurora
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      Amazon S3
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      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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      Initially, Stitch only supported real-time updates and addressed this problem with a MapReduce job named The Restorator that performed the following actions:

      • Calculated the expected totals
      • Queried Cassandra to get the values it had for each counter
      • Calculated the increments needed to apply to fix the counters
      • Applied the increments

      Meanwhile, to stop the sand shifting under its feet, The Restorator needed to coordinate a locking system between itself and the real-time processors, so that the processors did not try to simultaneously apply increments to the same counter, resulting in a race-condition. It used ZooKeeper for this.

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      Pinterest uses ZookeeperZookeeper

      Like many large scale web sites, Pinterest鈥檚 infrastructure consists of servers that communicate with backend services composed of a number of individual servers for managing load and fault tolerance. Ideally, we鈥檇 like the configuration to reflect only the active hosts, so clients don鈥檛 need to deal with bad hosts as often. ZooKeeper provides a well known pattern to solve this problem.

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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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      B霉i Thanh uses TerraformTerraform
      • Infrastructure as Code.
      • Central tool to deploy all infratructure: AWS, CloudFlare, StatusCake
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      Pinterest uses ZookeeperZookeeper

      Zookeeper manages our state, and tells each node what version of code it should be running.

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      Ralic Lo uses ZookeeperZookeeper

      Used Zookeeper as the resource management system for Mesos/Marathon services.

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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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      Nurul Ferdous uses ZookeeperZookeeper

      Maintain a distributed cluster for search index

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