3 min read | by Jordi Prats
Pulumi and Terraform are both infrastructure as code (IAC) tools that allow users to provision and manage infrastructure using code, rather than manual configuration. The main difference between the two is how they achieve this goal.
Pulumi has some clear benefits over terraform:
When Pulumi was released it was, indeed, addressing some other issues that terraform had but , specially since the 1.0 release, to be fair we cannot count them as benefits any more.
However, Terraform has its own advantages too, such as being more mature and having more provider support, which makes it more widely adopted and supported.
In conclusion, both Pulumi and Terraform are powerful infrastructure as code tools that offer unique benefits. While Pulumi provides easier learning, debugging, and integration with other tools, Terraform boasts maturity, popularity, wider provider support, a strong community and ecosystem, and more mature state management. Ultimately, the choice between the two depends on the specific needs and preferences of the user.
The main consideration we need to keep in mind is that the infrastructure code should be very clear: terraform forces us to be clear by using an almost declarative language. Pulumi, on the other hand, allow us to do whatever we want: It's our choice to choose how our infrastructure code will look like.
Posted on 24/04/2023