November 4, 2020

Introducing Provose, the easiest way to manage your AWS infrastructure

At Neocrym, we use AWS pretty heavily to run distributed web crawling and terabyte-scale machine learning. To make that easier, we built Provose.

At Neocrym, we use Amazon Web Services pretty heavily to run distributed web crawling and terabyte-scale machine learning.

We build all of our AWS infrastructure using HashiCorp Terraform. We love Terraform because it is declarative. Instead of describing the steps to build our infrastructure, we describe our destination state and the Terraform runtime calculates how to get there from the infrastructure we already have in production.

But Terraform is also very low-level, and building complicated infrastructure can quickly get very verbose.

Introducing Provose

We got tired of writing redundant Terraform, so we wrote Provose--a Terraform module that creates a high-level abstraction over AWS. You just describe to Provose the EC2 instances, containers, databases, and filesystems that you want to deploy, and then Provose will automatically create:

  • Virtual Private Cloud (VPCs) and subnets
  • Route 53 DNS rules
  • AWS Certificate Manager TLS certificates
  • Application Load Balancers
  • Security Groups
  • IAM roles, policies, and instance profiles
  • Elastic Container Service clusters, services, and task definitions
  • ...and more.

Below is an example where we run the NGINX "Hello World" container on ten AWS Fargate instances behind a load balancer at https://fargate.example.com. You can read more about this configuration in the containers section of the Provose documentation.

We have found that configurations with Provose are typically 10x shorter than the equivalent Terraform configuration.

Provose 2.0 is the current stable version, with 3.0 currently in beta. Below are some Provose 3.0 documentation links explaining how to quickly set up:

You can find tutorials and documentation at provose.com, and feel free to drop by out GitHub repository at github.com/provose/provose.