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Category Direction - Infrastructure as Code

Infrastructure as Code

Infrastructure as code (IaC) is the practice of managing and provisioning infrastructure through machine-readable definition files, rather than physical hardware configuration or interactive configuration tools. The IT infrastructure managed by this comprises both physical equipment such as bare-metal servers as well as virtual machines and associated configuration resources. The definitions are stored in a version control system. IaC takes proven coding techniques and extends them to your infrastructure directly, effectively blurring the line between what is an application and what is the environment.

Our focus will be to provide tight integration with best of breed IaC tools, such that all infrastructure related workflows in GitLab are well supported. Our initial focus will likely be on Terraform.

Infrastructure and Application provisioning shouldn't be mixed! Application delivery is covered by our Continuous Delivery directions.

Interaction with Policy as Code

As Infrastructure as Code usage scales across teams collaboration pain points around security, compliance and adopting best practices arise. Traditionally these pain points are solved by written documentation. Modern infrastructure as code applications have implemented Policy as Code tools to enable automated checking of infrastructure definitions against easy to write policy definitions. One prime example of this is Hashicorp's Sentinel.

The principles of Policy as Code are closely aligned with Infrastructure as Code. Within GitLab our existing primitives of integrated CI with CI job definition in-code model similar behavior to modern Policy as Code frameworks. At present our existing CI approach allows easy integration of special Policy as Code tools and GitLab.

What's Next & Why

Interested in joining the conversation for this category? Please join us in our public epic where we discuss this topic and can answer any questions you may have. Your contributions are more than welcome!

We are currently looking into customer use-cases around Infrastructure as Code. We would like to hear your use case on the topic. If you would be open to share your setting with us, please reach us to Viktor Nagy.

Maturity Plan

The category is Minimal at the moment. In order to get to Viable we must be able to not only provision Kubernetes resources but configure them as well. This involves configuration of the cluster and installation of helm charts.

Analyst Landscape

We don't consider GitLab a replacement of IaC tools, rather a complement.

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