HashiCorp open-source tools: Terraform, Vault, Consul, Nomad, Vagrant

Quintagroup Applies Open-Source Tools to Boost the Work/Development Process

Quintagroup has considerable expertise in the products developed by HashiCorp. A suite of open-source tools, including Terraform, Vault, Consul, Nomad, and Vagrant, was extensively used for Quintagroup’s business management and development purposes. The above tools allowed us to easily manage and secure any infrastructure or cloud.

HashiCorp develops commercial products and open-source tools that allow developers, operators, and security professionals to provide, secure, run, and connect cloud-computing infrastructure. The company solves issues related to development, operations, and security to let businesses concentrate on more critical and urgent tasks. 

Hashicorp’s suite of open-source tools was initiated to back development and deployment process of the large-scale service-oriented software installation and let the world of technologies evolve.  

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HashiCorp Tools Interaction Modality: Connect-Run-Secure-Provision 

Connect: Consul as a tool for connection and security

Released in April 2014, Consul is a multi-cloud service networking platform to connect and secure services across any runtime platform and private cloud. Consul was developed, similarly, to Vault, to make the shift from static infrastructure to dynamic one possible. Consul implies the use of multiple clouds and private datacenters with dynamic IPs, ephemeral containers, and no clear network parameters.

Run: Nomad as an application deployment and management tool

First released in September 2015. This is an easy-to-use efficient workload coordinator that enables organizations to schedule tasks and deploy application at any infrastructure and scale. Nomad allows to contain and manage any containerized, legacy, or batch application.

Secure: Vault - an instrument for access control

Released in April 2015. The main goal of Vault is to manage secrets and protect sensitive data. It allows to secure, store, and tightly control access to tokens, passwords, certificates, encryption keys, and other sensitive data using a UI, CLI, HTTP API. Vault enables tight control over organisation secret data by means of authenticating against trusted sources of identity (Active Directory, LDAP, Kubernetes, CloudFoundry, and cloud platforms).

Provision: Terraform and Vagrant for any сloud, infrastructure, or service management

Terraform was first released in July 2014 with the aim to use infrastructure as code software to continuously provision any cloud, infrastructure, or service. Hashicorp had as a target the shift from manual infrastructure provisioning, fixed set of sources, ticketing and queues. Terraform approach implies infrastructure as code, diversity of providers, and self-service infrastructure. 

Regarding Vagrant, it is a software product, which was released in 2010, that enables building and maintenance of virtual software development environments. A tool was developed to simplify the software configuration management of virtualizations to increase performance. Though being written in Ruby, Vagrant can be employed in projects dealing with such programming languages as PHP, Python, Java, C#, and JavaScript.

Quintagroup has substantial expertise in development, deployment, and application of Terraform, Nomad, Vault, Consul, and Vagrant. We have been using the above tools to create, change, build, and rebuild code and applications. We as well try to improve the technologies so that they could be used in DevOps operations and AWS IoT infrastructure. 


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