HashiCorp tool detects configuration drift • The Register

HashiConf HashiCorp has opened its Amsterdam conference with a series of product announcements including a rewarding look at infrastructure shift and a private beta for HCP Waypoint.

The first, currently in public beta, is called Drift Detection for Terraform Cloud and is designed to keep an eye on the health of an organization’s infrastructure and notify when changes occur.

Drift detection is a useful thing, although a company could be forgiven for thinking that entering the infrastructure-as-code world of Terraform should mean everything should stay in the state it was in, when it was defined.

Unfortunately, the real world looks a bit different, and infrastructure tends to change (or drift) over time as engineers tweak settings to make things work. Eventually, the infrastructure moves away from the original state defined by the original code.

This loss of configuration control is bad in a number of ways; Development, test, and production environments can get out of step, meaning code that worked in one place unexpectedly fails elsewhere. A temporary change that is forgotten can result in all sorts of unexpected costs. Etc.

Drift Detection is one of those technologies that we’re a little surprised wasn’t already included in the TerraForm toolbox – it simply checks when a resource deviates from the state file and notes it both in the workspace and via a notification (Email, Slack, or a webhook.) After all, drift has been a long-standing challenge for the cloud infrastructure community, and HashiCorp’s solution is just one of many available. However, integration with the platform will make them appealing to more than a few of the company’s customers.

HashiCorp has also taken its first step to add Waypoint to the HashiCorp Cloud Platform (HCP). WayPoint is HashiCorp’s approach to providing developers with a way to build, deploy and publish their apps on a variety of platforms.

It launched in 2020 as a self-hosted platform, and at the time the company boasted that “Waypoint doesn’t require any HashiCorp-provided services.”

That’s all well and good, but actually getting Waypoint up and running can be a bit of a challenge, so HashiCorp is rolling it out as a managed service. “For many operators,” says the company, “the setting up of a server that is dependable and reliable by default is a barrier to trying Waypoint.”

And so we find ourselves at the beginning of a two-month private beta program for early adopters.

Waypoint isn’t the first HashiCorp service to receive a smear with the HCP stick. Terraform, Vault, Consul and Pack can also be found in the managed cloud. ®

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