Integrating Infracost with Azure DevOps to Improve Terraform Cost Predictability
According to a recent report from GMinsights, more and more enterprises and government institutions are moving to the cloud and adopting automation technologies like Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) to make the Software Development Life Cycle more agile. This shift is driving a surge in the Infrastructure as Code (IaC) methodology, as it enables the management of cloud-based services using human-readable files, making the automated workflow easier to manage. Consequently, the Infrastructure as Code (IaC) market size in the Asia-Pacific-Japan region is projected to witness a growth rate of nearly 28% through 2030.
However, with great power comes great responsibility, and cloud costs can escalate rapidly. Therefore, it’s critical to have visibility into the expense that we are going to face upfront, which can prevent unexpected and potentially significant charges. This is where Infracost comes into play. In this article, I will explain what Infracost is, how it works, and how you can integrate it with your Azure DevOps and GitHub pipelines to get a clear and readable cost report in each Pull Request targeting the deployment branch.
Infracost is an open-source tool developed using the Go language that creates estimates about the cost of cloud infrastructure before it’s deployed. It supports IaC tools like Terraform and Pulumi and is compatible with major cloud service providers AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure.
Infracost offers three pricing tiers:
- Free tier: This is targeted at engineers, offering basic features like cost breakdowns, CI/CD integrations, and up to 1,000 runs per month.
- Cloud tier: This costs $50 per license per month and adds features like dashboards, automatic budget checks, and team management.
- Infracost Enterprise: This is designed for larger enterprises with complex setups and extends the features of the Cloud tier, adding tools like GitHub Enterprise Server &…