The possibility of creating and adding different backends where data is to be stored is one of the strong points of Hiera as it allows storing Puppet data in any possible source.
This allows integrations with existing tools and gives more options to provide data in a safe and controlled way, for example, a custom web frontend or a CMDB.
Let's review some of the most interesting backends that exist.
hiera-file backend (https://github.com/adrienthebo/hiera-file) conceived by Adrien Thebo to manage a type of data that previously couldn't be stored in a sane way in Hiera, that is, plain files.
To install it, just clone the previous git repository in
modulepath or use its
gem as follows:
gem install ...