Getting started: Managing Terraform configurations on OCI

February 22, 2021 | 3 minute read
Nicole Champion
OCI Product Marketing
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If you’re looking to reduce human error and automate provisioning, you can programmatically deploy, configure, and manage Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) resources through a managed infrastructure-as-code offering based on Terraform. You can manage resources with Terraform by using Resource Manager, a native OCI service that allows you to automate the entire process of deploying and provisioning infrastructure as code. The resources that you can provision by using Terraform span a wide range of OCI services – including IAM, networking, load balancing, storage, compute, and database (for the full list, see Supported Services). Resource Manager can also integrate with version control services, such as GitHub or GitLab.

A graphic depicting the process to deploy apps to staging and production.

Wherever applicable, we’re releasing Terraform code that you can easily download, modify, and deploy in your own accounts. The OCI Architecture Center showcases technical content to help you build on Oracle Cloud, and you can find a library of reference architectures to deploy with Resource Manager. Each reference architecture introduces a platform topology, using architectural diagrams, a component overview, and recommendations for best practices, including availability, performance, security, and costs.

Last month, Resource Manager released two new features making it easier to create and use Terraform configurations on Oracle Cloud. For example, Terraform template creators can now place a Deploy to Oracle Cloud button on their repositories, allowing teams to launch templates in Resource Manager with one click.

We have you covered!

To get started with Resource Manager, you need to create a stack, a collection of configuration files written in the Terraform language. We recognized that learning the Terraform language can be complex, but we’re here to help enable your success. We’re running a Terraform training series through Cloud Customer Connect, our OCI community. These deep-dive sessions, presented by OCI product management, include both a live demonstration and Q&A.

Attend an upcoming session

  • February 25: Resource Manager Integration with GitHub and GitLab. Learn how to use OCI Resource Manager to manage Terraform stacks when code version is under control of GitHub or GitLab services. See event details (Community registration is required).

Watch a replay

Do you still have questions? Visit the OCI forum on Cloud Customer Connect and ask questions, engage with peers, and OCI team members.

Share your ideas

We're excited to announce an Idea Lab for the OCI community to submit ideas for expanding and improving our portfolio of assets in the Oracle Architecture Center. With the launch of this Idea Lab, you can now enter architectural guidance requests or “ideas” to improve the content, design, navigation, layout, and other features of the Architecture Center.

Deepen your expertise

Help others by sharing your experiences. Increase your own knowledge by joining the conversation. Our Oracle Cloud Infrastructure community is growing with new events, more frequent updates from the OCI team, and real-world insights from practitioners building and operating world-class cloud infrastructure. Membership is open to everyone. Join today!

Nicole Champion

OCI Product Marketing

Nicole is an accomplished marketing professional with experience in product launches, retention strategies, lead generation planning and execution, and sales enablement. She came to Oracle through the acquisition of Responsys in 2014. In her previous Customer Success role, she managed Enterprise customer engagements and drove product adoption by providing her customers value at every interaction and building trust. 


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