Jenkins vs Terraform: What are the differences?
Jenkins: An extendable open source continuous integration server. In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project; Terraform: 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.
Jenkins can be classified as a tool in the "Continuous Integration" category, while Terraform is grouped under "Infrastructure Build Tools".
Some of the features offered by Jenkins are:
- Easy installation
- Easy configuration
- Change set support
On the other hand, Terraform provides the following key features:
- Infrastructure as Code: Infrastructure is described using a high-level configuration syntax. This allows a blueprint of your datacenter to be versioned and treated as you would any other code. Additionally, infrastructure can be shared and re-used.
- Execution Plans: Terraform has a "planning" step where it generates an execution plan. The execution plan shows what Terraform will do when you call apply. This lets you avoid any surprises when Terraform manipulates infrastructure.
- Resource Graph: Terraform builds a graph of all your resources, and parallelizes the creation and modification of any non-dependent resources. Because of this, Terraform builds infrastructure as efficiently as possible, and operators get insight into dependencies in their infrastructure.
"Hosted internally" is the top reason why over 497 developers like Jenkins, while over 80 developers mention "Infrastructure as code" as the leading cause for choosing Terraform.
Jenkins and Terraform are both open source tools. It seems that Terraform with 17.4K GitHub stars and 4.77K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Jenkins with 13.2K GitHub stars and 5.43K GitHub forks.
Instacart, Lyft, and Twitch are some of the popular companies that use Jenkins, whereas Terraform is used by Instacart, Slack, and Twitch. Jenkins has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1753 company stacks & 1479 developers stacks; compared to Terraform, which is listed in 490 company stacks and 298 developer stacks.
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