Microsoft Commits To Long-Term Development Plan With HashiCorp

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Microsoft extended its partnership with HashiCorp Thursday to focus on comprehensively integrating the DevOps specialist's popular Terraform infrastructure provisioning tool across Azure cloud services.

The cloud giant pledged to ramp up investment in joint engineering efforts to ensure HashiCorp's widely adopted open-source solution supports much of Azure's large and rapidly expanding feature set, HashiCorp CEO Dave McJannet told CRN.

"What we're really doing here is we're committing to a multi-year partnership with them to fully cover all the services available in Azure," McJannet said. "We and the community are continually adding support for new features in Azure, but they're continually adding new services."

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Terraform and several other open source tools (Vagrant, Vault, Consul) from the San Francisco-based startup have become ubiquitous in enterprise IT environments for automating infrastructure and enabling adoption of DevOps software delivery methods. Terraform features connectors to infrastructure, called 'providers,' built by its open-source community, which often includes the cloud providers themselves.

With the latest agreement, engineering teams from both Microsoft and HashiCorp will collaborate "to make sure all the services people might want to use on Azure are available on Terraform," McJannet said, especially application container services.

For HashiCorp users making multi-year infrastructure commitments and increasingly adopting multi-cloud environments, the long-term partnership eases the decision to migrate workloads to Azure, he said.

Microsoft has been working less formally with HashiCorp since early 2016—their joint efforts in the past were primarily in response to customers requesting support for specific Azure services. The collaboration started with Terraform's integration with Azure Resource Manager, the native infrastructure provisioning tool of Microsoft's cloud.

"What's changed is we've established a framework between us where we're both agreeing to invest in this and work toward a concrete roadmap of deliverables," McJannet said.

A "clear and methodical roadmap" was important, he told CRN, for enterprises adopting hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

Microsoft is seeing interest ramp for DevOps tools that automate the application lifecycle, Corey Sanders, director of compute at Azure, wrote on the Microsoft Azure blog.

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