Packer vs Pulumi: What are the differences?
Packer: Create identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. Packer automates the creation of any type of machine image. It embraces modern configuration management by encouraging you to use automated scripts to install and configure the software within your Packer-made images; Pulumi: Open-source cloud development platform. Pulumi is a cloud development platform that makes creating cloud programs easy and productive. Skip the YAML and just write code. Pulumi is multi-language, multi-cloud and fully extensible in both its engine and ecosystem of packages.
Packer and Pulumi can be categorized as "Infrastructure Build" tools.
Some of the features offered by Packer are:
- Super fast infrastructure deployment. Packer images allow you to launch completely provisioned and configured machines in seconds, rather than several minutes or hours.
- Multi-provider portability. Because Packer creates identical images for multiple platforms, you can run production in AWS, staging/QA in a private cloud like OpenStack, and development in desktop virtualization solutions such as VMware or VirtualBox.
- Improved stability. Packer installs and configures all the software for a machine at the time the image is built. If there are bugs in these scripts, they'll be caught early, rather than several minutes after a machine is launched.
On the other hand, Pulumi provides the following key features:
- Containers - Deploy a Docker container to production in 5 minutes using your favorite orchestrator.
- Serverless - Stand up a serverless API or event handler in 5 minutes using a real lambda in code.
- Infrastructure - Manage cloud infrastructure or hosted services using infrastructure as code.
Packer and Pulumi are both open source tools. Packer with 9.09K GitHub stars and 2.48K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Pulumi with 3.02K GitHub stars and 134 GitHub forks.
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