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Terraform Enterprise Alternative

Spacelift [Self-Hosted] is a highly cost-effective Terraform Enterprise alternative that unlocks multi-IaC workflows for Terraform, OpenTofu, Terragrunt, Kubernetes, Ansible, AWS CloudFormation, and Pulumi. With Spacelift, you can truly customize your workflow to suit your needs while keeping your infrastructure secure.

  • Cost-effective, tailored support for every customer
    • Effective pricing structure, based on concurrency, that is stable and predictable.
    • Great support for all enterprise customers – not just for the ones that spend extra.
    • Tailored support to meet individual customer needs.
  • Vast potential for integrations
    • Future-proof your IaC: Spacelift supports Terraform, Terragrunt, OpenTofu, Custom Terraform, Kubernetes, Ansible, Cloud Formation, and Pulumi.
    • Capability to build multi-IaC workflows.
    • Unlimited integrations.
  • Streamlined failure management
    • Get policies across multiple decision points.
    • Split deployments between multiple stacks and create dependencies to identify failures better.
    • Manage resources with a full inventory management solution – not just resource view per workspace.
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Spacelift Self-Hosted vs Terraform Enterprise

Spacelift
Terraform

Predictable and Cost-effective Pricing

Yes

No

Multi-IaC Workflow

Yes

No

Dependencies Workflow

Yes

No

VCS Integrations

Yes

Yes

RBAC

Yes

Yes

Private Workers

Yes

Yes

Terraform Provider

Yes

Yes

Integrations

Unlimited integrations

Integrations limited to run tasks

Full Workflow Control

Full control over your workflow by bringing your image, modifying the default workflow, and hooks in runner phases

Limited to what TFE lets you do

Policies across Various Decision Points

Control almost any aspect of the platform through policies

Only the equivalent of plan and approval policies

Resource Management

Full inventory management solution including visualization, lifecycle tracking, search, and filtering

Resource view only per workspace

Targeted Runs

Native

Only with env var

Atlantis-style Workflow

Yes

Partial

Custom Tasks

Yes

No

Drift Detection

Yes

Yes

Advanced Scheduling

Yes

No

SSO (OIDC & SAML)

Yes

Yes

State Management

Managed + optional ability to use other backends

Managed only

Credential-less Integrations with AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud

Yes

Yes

Support

Yes

Yes

Private Registry

Yes

Yes

Cost Estimation

Yes

Yes

Why is Spacelift the best alternative to Terraform Enterprise?

Multi-IaC workflow

IaC is never single-player, so having the flexibility to build workflows for different IaC tools and combining them unlocks unlimited possibilities. With Stack Dependencies — directed acyclic graphs that allow you to build dependencies on as many nested levels as you want —you get that flexibility, plus the ability to pass outputs from one stack to another.

Stack dependencies use cases

  • Easily deploy your Amazon EC2 instance with a Terraform stack, and then pass these as outputs to your Ansible stack to configure them. Read more here.
  • Easily deploy your K8s cluster with a Terraform stack, and then pass the kube config as an output to your Kubernetes stack to deploy resources inside it. Read more here.
  • Streamline environment promotion by building dependencies between multiple IaC stacks to automate as much as you want.
  • Do more, with the flexibility to build as many dependencies as you want.
stack dependencies use cases

Fully customizable workflow

With Spacelift you can modify your workflows flexibly:

Policies across various decision points

  • Deny/show warnings for the use of some resources or parameters of those resources with Plan Policies.
  • Define as many approvals as you require to run a stack with approval policies.
  • Control what happens when a git push is done or a pull request is open, with push policies.
  • Decide if some tracked runs should be triggered – trigger policies.
  • Filter, route, and adjust the body of notification messages – notification policies.

Unlimited integrations

Spacelift integrates with any tool you want, thanks to custom inputs and the notification policy. For example, use custom inputs to define policies for a third-party tool, enabling you to enhance your security by adding tools such as tfscan, Checkov, or Terrascan to your workflow. Take observability to the next level and leverage the notification policy to build integrations with tools such as Datadog and Prometheus.

Self-service infrastructure

Let software engineers get back to development by giving them what they need – self-service infrastructure. With Spacelift’s Blueprints, you get templates for:

  • IaC code
  • policies attached to that code
  • authentication to the cloud provider
  • environment variables and shared variables
  • advanced scheduling
  • drift detection
  • and more

Terraform Resources

  • Terraform Cloud / Enterprise Workspaces vs. Spacelift Stacks
    Terraform Enterprise / Cloud Workspaces vs. Spacelift Stacks

    Terraform Automation and Collaboration Software (TACOS) are becoming an industry standard for managing Terraform codebases at scale. See the differences and similarities between Terraform Enterprise / Cloud workspaces and Spacelift stacks and examples of how to use them.

    See the differences and similarities between Terraform Enterprise / Cloud workspaces and Spacelift stacks and examples of how to use them.

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  • Managing Infrastructure as Code (IaC) With Terraform

    How to manage Infrastructure as Code using Terraform? See the overview, benefits, and different approaches.

    How to manage Infrastructure as Code using Terraform? See the overview, benefits, and different approaches.

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  • Terraform Cloud Agents vs. Spacelift Workers
    Terraform Cloud Agents vs. Spacelift Workers

    See the comparison and learn about the differences between Terraform Cloud agents and Spacelift workers.

    See the comparison and learn about the differences between Terraform Cloud agents and Spacelift workers.

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  • Using Terraform and Ansible Together

    In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Terraform and Ansible together. See how Spacelift can greatly simplify and elevate your workflow for both tools.

    In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Terraform and Ansible together. See how Spacelift can greatly simplify and elevate your workflow for both tools.

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What our customers say

  • "I’ve got people in my company who have never used IaC who are configuring Spacelift in less than a day and actually starting to do deployments with no real hand-holding."
    Director of Engineering - Developer Platform at Checkout.com
    Joe Hutchinson
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  • “Spacelift is by far the best tool we have found — it enabled us to implement our CI/CD strategy for IaC far quicker and with more control than we had previously thought possible."
    Director of Core Infrastructure and Developer Experience at Tier Mobility
    Daniel Ciaglia
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  • “It’s much easier for the developers to synchronize releases between the infrastructure code and the developer code because Spacelift manages the steps to do that, by default or via policy.”
    Senior Platform Engineer at Payfit
    Kévin Lemele
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