The env0 Advantage: Terraform Cloud

env0 is a Terraform Cloud alternative that provides automated, collaborative, remote-run workflow management for cloud deployments. With env0, you can use Terraform, Terragrunt, Pulumi, Kubernetes, and other tools, too. env0 enables users and teams to jointly govern cloud deployments with self-service capabilities.

With env0, you gain visibility into GitOps workflows of infrastructure changes. Leverage granular RBAC permissions and limit access to IaC execution (e.g. “terraform apply”) on production and critical cloud resources. Implement any policy or check you require, with the freedom of Open Policy Agent guardrails. env0 can also help you prevent environment drift by centralizing remote-run processes.

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The automation offered by env0 allows us to focus on writing and maintaining our Terraform configurations. Speculative plans for pull requests enable our team to quickly review and approve changes to our infrastructure; which helps mitigate risk and provides transparency. Overall, env0 has empowered us to be more confident in deploying changes to our infrastructure.

Jason Walsh
Sr. Infrastructure Engineer
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Why env0 over Terraform Cloud

Log forwarding

Send all your env0 logging data to your logging platform of choice. We support three of the most popular options—Splunk, Datadog and Logz.io.

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CloudFormation support

Use CloudFormation alone or alongside your other IaC tools. Automatically manage drift, and easily test and deploy new CloudFormation changes to AWS

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Custom flows

Easily create custom flows and extend your IaC capabilities to run any code at any point in the deployment process, including tying into OPA, static code analysis tools, configuration management frameworks, cloud CLIs, and more... all using YAML that is managed like the rest of your code.

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Dynamic hierarchies

With 4 layers of object hierarchy, it's possible to model your Organizations, Templates, Projects, and Environments in ways that enable tremendously granular access your resources.

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Open Policy Agent (OPA) extensibility

Prevent problematic deployments with policy-as-code guardrails based on the OPA framework by enforcing infrastructure access and GitOps workflows rules.

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Plan and apply on pull request

Interact with env0 using VCS comments, including applying changes from your pull requests. Gain visibility to the Terraform or Terragrunt plans for all pull requests—including cost estimates, all right in your VCS of choice. This is similar to how Atlantis behaves.

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OIDC support

OpenID Connect (OIDC) is a protocol that enables third-party authentication with env0. OIDC allows your deployments to exchange short-lived tokens directly from your cloud provider or third-party service, which is then stored in a variable, which is also a short-lived token. A deployment then uses the token to access a compatible cloud service without needing a separate long-lived credential, adding an extra layer of security to your deployments.

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Environment-as-a-Service

Create infrastructure resource templates to be consumed for on-demand provisioning. Empower your developers and teams to spin-up, update and destroy an environment with one click, and easily track environment status or deployment history. env0 will enable you to better control your cloud budget by setting-up monthly limits on users, teams, projects, and environment time-to-live (TTL).

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Cost management and estimation

Learn the cloud resource cost of existing Terraform plans, gain visibility, and model costs resulting from new or updated deployments, all backed by industry leader Infracost. View deployment cost regressions, and spending by project or team.

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Automatic drift detection

Automatically detect environment drift and ensure real-world cloud resources align with your IaC definitions and descriptions. Works with SaaS and through the env0 Self Hosted Agent.

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The Power of env0

Terraform Cloud

Multi framework

  • Terraform
  • Terragrunt (including run-all)
  • Pulumi
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • Kubernetes
  • Custom Flows
  • Terraform
  • No others

Variables and secrets granularity

  • 5 layers
  • Organization
  • Template
  • Project
  • Environment
  • Workflow
  • 2 layers
  • Per workspace
  • Variable sets

RBAC

  • Static/Per workspace

Cost

  • Cost Estimation only

Developer and ephemeral environments

  • None

Policy as Code

  • Open Policy Agent
  • Vendor locking framework

Workflows

  • Single-threaded only

Drift detection

  • Automatic

Dashboards

  • Organization
  • None

SAML

  • On all paid tiers
  • Automatically sync your SAML teams
  • No for most customers

AWS assume role

  • Not available

Plan and apply on Pull Request (Atlantis-style workflow)

  • Plan on pull request only

Unlimited concurrent runs

  • Always
  • Not available

Highly available

  • Yes, with an SLA
  • Yes, with an SLA

Flexible support model

  • Yes
  • Yes
Other Vendor

Multi framework

  • Terraform
  • Terragrunt
  • Custom Flows
  • Terraform only

Variables and secrets granularity

  • 4 layers
  • Organization
  • Template
  • Project
  • Terraform only

RBAC

  • Dynamic
  • Static / Per workspace

Cost

  • Automatic tagging and actual cost
  • Cost estimation

Developer and ephemeral environments workflows

  • TTL
  • Scheduling
  • Dropdown Variables
  • Environment Limits
  • N/A

Policy as Code

  • OPA
  • Vendor Locking Framework

SAML

  • On all paid tiers
  • N/A for most customers

Unlimited concurrent runs

  • Always
  • N/A for most customers
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