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rich-engineer-35554

06/29/2021, 11:49 PM
Is there any work on developing a "bare-metal" mode for Pulumi? I'm very much in favor of using a real programming language to set up systems, but I don't like to use cloud services beyond hosting. It would be nice if Pulumi provided, as a library, code to launch and maintain self-hosted databases, proxies, etc, rather than just clients for cloud APIs. Something that could be used as an alternative to Ansible. Or are there any alternatives to Pulumi that support such a "bare-metal" mode?
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little-cartoon-10569

06/30/2021, 12:10 AM
That wouldn't be a mode, just a provider. For example, Equinix Metal already has a provider.
Anything that exposes an API should be manageable.
I suppose a consideration in implementing something like an "apt" provider, would be: would you need a new Pulumi provider configuration for each machine? Probably.
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rich-engineer-35554

06/30/2021, 12:57 AM
Right, bare metal cloud services are already supported, but I'm talking about configuring things on a specific machine, e.g. creating config files. So there wouldn't be an API, as such...
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little-cartoon-10569

06/30/2021, 2:25 AM
There would be a provider doing the work, which is essentially an API. A big difficulty would be that in other providers, you log in using one set of creds then configuring any number of resources. For configuring machines, you'd need new creds for each machine, so essentially a different provider for each machine.
But the pattern exists. The MySQL, PostrgeSQL, RabbitMQ and similar providers work roughly that way.
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