Pulumi Introduces Cloud Engineering Platform
April 22, 2021

Pulumi announced the introduction of the Cloud Engineering Platform, uniting all aspects of cloud engineering -- application development, infrastructure management and security -- through a single platform.

Using Pulumi’s Cloud Engineering Platform, teams can build, deploy and manage modern cloud applications faster and with more confidence, using any language, any cloud architecture and any cloud. New native providers offer the best experience for each cloud, with Microsoft Azure now generally-available, Google Cloud now available in preview and AWS available later this year. Pulumi Packages enable users to build and share reusable infrastructure and application components, while a new Automation API enables teams to seamlessly embed infrastructure automation in larger programs by using Pulumi as a library. All of this is accomplished using industry standard languages including Python, JavaScript, TypeScript, Go and .NET/C#.

Pulumi -- now version 3.0, with more than 70 new features and 1,000 additional improvements since the launch of 2.0 -- provides critical capabilities that enable companies to define and consistently apply cloud engineering best practices across their infrastructure, developer and security teams. Pulumi’s open-source platform lets engineers tame cloud complexity and achieve competitive advantage.

These best practices and the new Pulumi capabilities that enable them include:

- Building Cloud Infrastructure Using Modern Infrastructure as Code: Pulumi’s native providers are the most complete and consistent interface for building on modern cloud platforms. Pulumi providers for Kubernetes, Azure and -- now -- Google Cloud provide 100% API coverage of cloud services (an increase of up to 2X) and same-day updates whenever the underlying cloud platform updates its APIs. An AWS-native provider will be available later this year. Pulumi also accelerates cloud adoption by enabling teams to build and share Pulumi Packages, building blocks that make it easy for users to codify infrastructure best practices and share them with their team or the Pulumi community. Practitioners can define the packages once in their language of choice and make them available in industry standard languages including Python, JavaScript, TypeScript, Go and .NET/C#.

- Deploying Cloud Applications and Infrastructure with Automation and CI/CD Integration: Pulumi’s Automation API enables infrastructure engineers to create their own internal platforms for dynamically provisioning infrastructure. These self-service platforms enable application development teams to provision infrastructure autonomously, without the ticketing systems associated with legacy tooling. Pulumi’s testing frameworks let engineers continuously validate that the application and its infrastructure work correctly together. Pulumi also announced availability of its CI/CD Assistant for all teams. This enables deployment of cloud infrastructure and applications through more than a dozen popular CI/CD platforms, now including Spinnaker.

- Managing Compliance and Security across Platforms and Applications: Pulumi allows infrastructure and security teams to safely deploy infrastructure and proactively test it for compliance using Policy as Code. This allows engineers to correct issues before deployment and detect configuration drift. Pulumi also gives engineers complete visibility and control across all cloud environments, including audit logs detailing who changed resources, diffs for resource changes just like in Git and role-based permissions for each team member. Identity and group management with SAML SSO, SCIM synchronization and new role types enable security teams to give the right access to the right person and at the right time.

"When we founded Pulumi, we began by enabling developers and infrastructure teams to collaborate more closely to build software together," said Joe Duffy, Pulumi Co-Founder and CEO. "What we didn't know was that this would form the basis of a new category, ‘Cloud Engineering,’ and that the industry as a whole would embrace it so fast. We are now centering our entire platform around this core idea, which is helping teams harness the modern cloud and disrupt entire business models ... democratizing access to the cloud and helping teams build better software together -- and we’re still only just getting started."

Anyone can get started with Pulumi using its open source SDKs to build, deploy and manage cloud resources. Pulumi also provides a fully managed service that tracks and versions infrastructure state, secures secrets and improves cross-team coordination with a dashboard that provides visibility across many projects. Individuals may use this service free for unlimited use and the Team and Enterprise editions provide advanced team collaboration capabilities.

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