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All the latest Scalr news, straight from the team.

March 6, 2023

Don't Build a Service Catalog

Transformation is hard, by not using a service catalog you can start making meaningful change now.

February 14, 2023

Updating Terraform State, with Great Power comes Great Responsibility

Understand how to work with Terraform state more effectively.

January 18, 2023

Save time, approve Terraform Runs from Slack

Stay in Slack to understand and approve comment on Terraform Runs

January 17, 2023

3 ways to use Terraform Module and Provider Reports

Find out to leverage Module and Provider reports to increase your productivity.

January 11, 2023

Terraform Resource Dependencies Explained

The power of Terraform is its ability to have dependencies between resources, and even data sources, learn how to use them.

November 28, 2022

Dynamic Expressions in Terraform: Some Real-World Examples

When it comes to Terraform an expression refers to or computes values within configuration. They allow us to have our Terraform code make decisions for us.

November 23, 2022

Monitor Terraform Runs in Datadog

Use Terraform, Scalr, and Datadog to reduce incidents, and when they happen, catch them quicker and restore service faster.

November 2, 2022

New Feature: Terraform Reports in Scalr

Terraform reports in Scalr help you seeing all of your Terraform objects and their versions from a single place.

October 20, 2022

Terraform Optionals On Complex Input Variables

Learn how to use the Terraform optional object type attribute in complex input variables.

September 28, 2022

New Feature: Provider Configurations

Provider Configurations make it easy to manage the configuration and the access to Terraform providers at scale.

September 27, 2022

Using Scalr Hooks with Bridgecrew Yor

The following is a step by step guide on how to use custom hooks and Scalr tags in conjunction with Yor.

September 19, 2022

The Top 20 Terraform Modules

Top 20 of the most popular Terraform Modules by the number of downloads from the Terraform registry.

August 19, 2022

Getting Started with Terraform Modules

Learn about different ways of storing, naming and structuring your Terraform modules.

August 11, 2022

Why Ably Switched From Terraform Cloud To Scalr

Learn why and how Ably, the serverless WebSocket platform that raised a series B of $70M in 2021, switched over from Terraform Cloud to Scalr.

August 5, 2022

The Three Stages of Terraform's Lifecycle Meta Argument

The special nested lifecycle block within a resource block body can be used to customize the general lifecycle for Terraform resources.

July 29, 2022

SSO Tax: Why Scalr Is Not Charging Extra For Security

Software vendors can be a real pain in the ass sometimes.

July 28, 2022

Announcing SOC 2 Type I Certification for Scalr

We are pleased to announce that Scalr is officially SOC 2 Type 1 certified.

July 19, 2022

How To Manage Scalr RBAC At Scale Using The Scalr Provider

The way Scalr does IAM is a key differentiator. More flexibility is a good thing, but you want to make sure you're managing RBAC in a scalable way.

July 15, 2022

Feature Showcase: Granular RBAC

Scalr RBAC introduces the user controls organizations need to decentralize their Terraform operations.

July 11, 2022

Scalr Keeps Growing - Q2 '22 Newsletter

Thanks again for another great quarter, we look forward to the continued growth. Check out some recent highlights and what to expect in Q3!

July 8, 2022

Terraform v1.0 Features I Love

There are a few features that have been introduced into Terraform since the release of v1 which are extremely exciting.

June 1, 2022

Introducing Native Support for Terraform Variable Files in Scalr

Scalr now natively supports variable files in the workspace configuration.

May 25, 2022

How To Structure Terraform Deployments At Scale

Learn how you can decouple Terraform administration and operations, as well as driving autonomy and standards with the help of Scalr.

May 2, 2022

Terraform Configuration Ingestion

How to avoid duplicate Terraform code using Terraform variable files, higher-order modules or yaml/json configuration files.

April 29, 2022

What Makes Scalr A Great Terraform Cloud Business Alternative

Scalr is a Terraform Cloud Business alternative that starts at $299/month with unlimited users and concurrency.

April 13, 2022

When Should You Use Terraform Locals? Some Real-World Use Cases

In this article, we will dive into Terraform local values, discuss what they are, how they differ from variables, and when to use them with some examples.

April 7, 2022

Setting up Scalr with Azure DevOps — How to Execute Your Terraform Code and Create a Workspace (Part 3/3)

Learn how to execute your Terraform code and create a workspace, both using PR automation, and by plugging the CLI into Azure DevOps.

April 6, 2022

Setting up Scalr with Azure DevOps — Add Azure credentials (Part 2/3)

Learn how to authenticate with Microsoft Azure using Scalr provider credentials.

April 5, 2022

Setting up Scalr with Azure DevOps — Picking a Workflow (Part 1/3)

Learn how to use Scalr with Azure DevOps

March 31, 2022

Sierra-Cedar's Customer Journey With Scalr

The Sierra-Cedar team is looking back on their Scalr journey and sharing with the Scalr community what they learnt along the way.

March 24, 2022

Why Use A Remote Operations Backend Over A Standard Backend

This post will delve further into why you should select a remote operations backend such as Scalr or Terraform Cloud over a standard backend.

March 10, 2022

Terraform Credential Helper With Scalr

This blog post demonstrates how to authenticate to external Terraform services using the credential helper in Scalr.

March 10, 2022

Using A Custom Terraform Provider In Scalr

If you have a custom provider that needs to be used within Scalr, there are just a few simple steps to make this work.

February 16, 2022

Automating Terraform Security in Scalr Deployments with Regula

Regula enables cloud teams to evaluate Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) for security and compliance violations prior to deployment

January 28, 2022

How To Use Terraform Remote Backends

What remote backend options does Terraform have, how do you use them, and how do you select what's right for you?

January 26, 2022

What Are Terraform Modules And How Do They Work?

This article is a walkthrough of Terraform modules and their main concepts such as encapsulation and explicit resource exposure.

January 19, 2022

New Feature: Run Triggers

Scalr now has an option to trigger a run in one workspace from a successful run in another workspace.

January 18, 2022

How To Update Terraform State In A Remote Backend

It is very common to have to import, update or manipulate Terraform state. In this article, we’ll talk about some tips when using a remote backend.

January 5, 2022

New Feature: Run Scheduler

The Scalr scheduler automatically kick off runs without the need for manual intervention or scripting.

December 3, 2021

Scalr Now Integrates With Infracost For Cloud Cost Estimates

Scalr now Integrates with Infracost to bring you cost visibility and controls into your infrastructure pipelines.

October 7, 2021

Scalr Is Now Generally Available

Following the announcement of our usage-based pricing, we’re now officially going GA.

August 5, 2021

Scalr Introduces A New Pricing Model For Terraform Automation & Collaboration Software

Scalr's new pricing model aims to align with value, is easy to predict, doesn’t overcharge, and scales throughout the infrastructure as code journey.

August 3, 2021

New Feature: How To Deploy Terraform Modules From A Service Catalog

We're releasing today a new feature in Scalr that makes it easy to create a catalog of Terraform modules for folks to deploy from.

July 22, 2021

New Feature: Custom Hooks

The custom hooks feature makes it easy to customize your Terraform workflow while using Scalr as the remote backend.

May 20, 2021

New Feature: Self-Hosted Agents

Scalr now has an option to execute runs within your own networks thanks to installable and self-hosted “agents”.

May 13, 2021

New Feature: Smart Plan Outputs

Smart plan outputs help you know exactly what will happen when you approve a Terraform plan by highlighting destructive changes and adding search.

March 19, 2021

Do You Need A Terraform Automation & Collaboration Software (TACOS)?

Terraform Automation & Collaboration Software (TACOS) help organizations to scale the use of Terraform.

March 16, 2021

Scalr Organizational Hierarchy - Best Practices

The #1 question we get asked is “What are the best practices for using Scalr accounts, environments, and workspaces?”

March 16, 2021

New Feature: Multi-Scope Shell Variables

You can now use Scalr multi-scope shell variables to make it easier to set variables within workspaces.

February 1, 2021

The Top 20 Terraform Providers

In this article, we took a look at the most popular Terraform providers by the number of installs from the Terraform registry.

December 30, 2020

Terraform Cost Estimation in 2021: The Definitive Guide

In this article, we review the three main providers of cost estimation for Terraform: Infracost, Scalr and Terraform Cloud.

October 25, 2020

Get Started With Scalr & Terraform CLI on GCP

This tutorial will walk you through the basics of using Scalr as a remote backend for Terraform with Google Cloud Platform.

October 24, 2020

Get Started With Scalr & Terraform CLI on Azure

This tutorial will walk you through the basics of using Scalr as a remote backend for Terraform with Microsoft Azure.

October 23, 2020

Get Started With Scalr & Terraform CLI on AWS

This tutorial will walk you through the basics of using Scalr as a remote backend for Terraform with Amazon Web Services.

October 22, 2020

Scalr RBAC Release

The new RBAC functionality is part of the greater identity and access management capabilities in Scalr.

October 1, 2020

Announcing Public Beta

Scalr is a remote backend for Terraform to compete with Terraform Cloud and Terraform Enterprise.

September 24, 2020

OPA Series Part 4: Simple Policies for Scalr

In this article we are providing a series of simple templates that implement a number of common policy requirements.

September 23, 2020

OPA Series Part 3: How to analyze the JSON plan

This article will explain the input data available to OPA from the Terraform Plan (tfplan) and the run time environment (tfrun).

September 22, 2020

OPA Series Part 2: OPA Logic and Structure for Scalr

This article provides a more detailed guide to writing OPA policies for Terraform for use with Scalr.

September 21, 2020

Scalr Workspace Improvements

We're introducing a new look and feel to workspaces and the ability to view Terraform state files in the Scalr UI.

September 21, 2020

OPA Series Part 1: Open Policy Agent and Terraform

This first blog will cover the basics of how to use OPA to evaluate and enforce policy on your Terraform plans.

August 14, 2020

How To: Migrate Terraform State Into Scalr

As users become more familiar with Terraform, they love the flexibility but run into issues around scalability.

July 30, 2020

Scalr Release Highlights - July 2020

The following features are some highlights from the July releases of Scalr.

June 23, 2020

Terraform Module Registry – Hierarchical Inheritance

Terraform modules are a great way to simplify your Terraform code by writing it once and then reusing the modules in your templates.

June 8, 2020

Securing and Sharing Cloud Credentials for Terraform in Scalr

Even in small organizations, with more than one person working with Terraform, the handling of cloud API credentials presents security risks.

May 26, 2020

OPA is to Policy Automation as Terraform is to IaC

Infrastructure as code has taken off over the past years. What if there was a similar way to check your Terraform templates prior to deployment?