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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Consul, by HashiCorp is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating
  • Terraform, by HashiCorp is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.6

Consul

86%
5 Ratings
8.8

Terraform

88%
24 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Consul

100%
1 Rating
8.0

Terraform

80%
1 Rating

Performance

Consul

N/A
0 Ratings
9.4

Terraform

94%
6 Ratings

Support Rating

8.8

Consul

88%
4 Ratings
7.2

Terraform

72%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Consul

Consul can provide a light-weight, lightning-fast and robust solution for the following:
  • Network mesh
  • Service DNS
  • Global key-value store (values can be complex objects as well)
  • Utility for blue-green deployments
  • Service health checking
Consul can be used in any or a combination of these scenarios. Regardless if you are a network administrator or a regular software engineer, Consul can add value to your work.
Borislav Traykov | TrustRadius Reviewer

Terraform

8 because it's currently best-in-class and is completely essential to use in contrast to not expressing your infrastructure as code. That said, new contenders are nipping at its heels, and I expect stronger tools to emerge in the coming years. Hopefully the Terraform team is able to keep pace.
Jude Allred | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Consul

  • Key-Value database management.
  • Service discovery.
  • Centralized configuration database with native high availability.
Erlon Sousa Pinheiro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Terraform

  • Terraform is cloud agnostic. Just select the suitable provider for the cloud and it will do the job.
  • Templating is possible to make the Terraform templates reusable.
  • Variables can be created to make the templates generic so that it can be reused for different environments or resources.
Abdullah Khawer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Consul

  • The GUI: The GUI interface for Consul has gotten a lot better over the years. Since Consul is so easy to interact with via API, this isn't a showstopper, but for those that are less command line inclined it's always nice to be able to refer them to an easy to use and understand web interface
  • It's chatty: Consul is extremely chatty. Sometimes it's particularly chatty at 2am with no indication as to why and eats up quite a bit of resources. Just be sure to provision your systems that typically take a heavy load with a little extra for Consul
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Terraform

  • The errors generated by the plan and preview commands are pretty cryptic, it can be hard for newcomers to the scripting language to understand how to address problems.
  • Access controls around workspaces is limited which makes it harder to secure reduce the scope of teams ability.
  • Analytics around user usage, applies and plans would be helpful for managemenet.
Ben Carter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Consul

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$0.027 per month

Consul Editions & Modules

Edition
Open Source (self-managed)$01
Cloud (managed Consul)starting at $.0272
EnterpriseSelf-Managed Custom Deployments
  1. always free
  2. Per Hour
  3. none
Additional Pricing Details

Terraform

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$0 per month

Terraform Editions & Modules

Edition
Free$01
Team & Governance$202
BusinessContact sales team
  1. per month
  2. per user/per month
  3. none
Additional Pricing Details

Usability

Consul

Consul 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Consul's API is extremely user friendly. While their web interface isn't quite as "mature", it's still pretty easily navigated for the average person. Together they make a pretty easy to pick up and use tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Terraform

Terraform 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I love Terraform and I think it has done some great things for people that are working to automate their provisioning processes and also for those that are in the process of moving to the cloud or managing cloud resources. There are some quirks to HCL that take a little bit of getting used to and give picking up Terraform a little bit of a learning curve, thus the rating
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Consul

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Terraform

Terraform 9.4
Based on 6 answers
Terraform's performance is quite amazing when it comes to deployment of resources in AWS. Of course, the deployment times depend on various parameters like the number of resources to deploy and different regions to deploy. Terraform cannot control that. The only minor drawback probably shows up when a terraform job is terminated mid way. Then in many cases, time-consuming manual cleanup is required.
Dhruba Jyoti Nag | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Consul

Consul 8.8
Based on 4 answers
I've never used paid support from HashiCorp, but I consider its support a good one, since they provide a lot of free resources for the community and there are good user groups supporting you on several sorts of issues. Also, HashiCorp is known as a company with a strong relationship with the community, that is easily noticed by the events HashiCorp promotes over the world.
Erlon Sousa Pinheiro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Terraform

Terraform 7.2
Based on 9 answers
I have yet to have an opportunity to reach out directly to HashiCorp for support on Terraform. However, I have spent a great deal of time considering their documentation as I use the tool. This opinion is based solely on that.I find the Terraform documentation to have great breadth but lacking in depth in many areas. I appreciate that all of the tool's resources have an entry in the docs but often the examples are lacking. Often, the examples provided are very basic and prompt additional exploration. Also, the links in the documentation often link back to the same page where one might expect to be linked to a different source with additional information.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Consul

Consul was easier to configure out of the box than Serf and gave us more initial options. Its easy to use tools and support were by far superior to Serf in many ways. Support alone was one of those areas that Serf could take an example from Consul to keep its customers happy.
Eric Krueger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Terraform

Terraform is the solid leader in the space. It allows you to do more then just provisioning within a pre-existing servers. It is more extensible and has more providers available than it competitors. It is also open source and more adopted by the community then some of the other solutions that are available in the market place.
Jeffrey Severance | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Consul

  • It contains a native web UI, which in contrast to its counterparts, is handy, very intuitive and - most importantly - very informative. It leaves no room for doubt about your services "forest" health. So, for that purpose, the learning curve was almost down to non-existent. Our team managed to work seamlessly with Consul being our services API
  • Our management staff had a difficult time understanding what Consul was really all about. For technical staff it is pretty simple to understand the huge value such a tool can pose to our suite of solutions, but once our management staff took the grasp of its valuable handy set of tools, we didn't take long to start using it and keeping track of our Swarm overall health, with was a constant concern for the entire company before.
  • For load balancing purposes, we were relying pretty much on guesses before we decided to use Consul. One would check a certain node overall health and decide if we would need to spring a new instance at AWS or Digital Ocean.
Claudio Fernando Maciel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Terraform

  • we are able to deploy our infrastructure in a couple of ours in an automated and repeatable way, before this could take weeks if the work was done manually and was a lot of error prone.
  • having the state file, you can see a diff of what things have changed manually out side of Terraform which is a huge plus
  • if state file gets corrupted, it is very hard to debug or restore it without an impact or spending hours ..
  • writing big scale code can be very challenging and hard to be efficient so it's usable by the whole team
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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