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Infrastructure Automation, a Winner Emerges

As the value of automation increases due to remote workforces, Terraform (HashiCorp) appears best positioned to capture additional market share among enterprise customers.

Sagar Kadakia | ETR Research 

| June 18, 2020

As the value of automation increases due to remote workforces, Terraform (HashiCorp) appears best positioned to capture additional market share among enterprise customers - for the second straight survey, Terraform leads peers (Chef, Puppet, and SaltStack) in the percentage of CIOs that plan on ‘allocating further spend’. Further, we’re seeing elevated churn levels (i.e., replacements) for Chef, Puppet, and SaltStack for 2020.

We think this quote from our event series, VENN, best explains why Terraform is pulling away: “the Terraform tool creates an entire infrastructure in a box. … Unlike [vendors that use] procedural languages like Ansible … and Chef, it will show the infrastructure the way you want it to be. You don't have to worry about the things that happen underneath it. I know some companies where you can put your entire Amazon infrastructure through Terraform. If Amazon disappears, if your entire availability zone drops with all 200 servers, load balancers, RDS, et cetera, you just run Terraform, and everything will be created magically in ten minutes” (Director of DevOps, Services/Consulting, Large Organization, North America | VENN 3.132, 1/30/2020).

In the chart below, Terraform takes the top spot in the Infrastructure Software sector. Here are some details on how to read the chart - the upper right corner represents companies with the highest Near-Term Growth Opportunity* among all customers and larger accounts. The lower left corner represents companies with the lowest Near-Term Growth Opportunity* among all customers and larger accounts.

Further, and as stated above, Chef and Puppet are seeing elevated churn rates vs Terraform (Hashicorp). Net net, Terraform appears to be emerging as the winner in the Infrastructure Automation space.

For more information about the charts in this article, contact service@etr.ai. To get our takeaways across all enterprise sectors, you can access the deck here. --> Master Subscribers only.