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The days are over when teams have to literally wait for weeks and months to set-up a server. This has now been transformed into a minute or two. Next generation Infrastructure management is rapidly transforming the way we manage and use IT infrastructure. Every single industry is now extensively moving toward the cloud and virtualisation.

However, still many infrastructure teams are often provisioning and amending infrastructure configs manually or in semi-automated way. This kills agility, causes higher cost and inconsistency due to human error, which can cause unavailability in production.

In order to eradicate such errors and improve agility, automation is required. Infrastructure as Code (IaC) has surfaced as a best practice for automating the infrastructure provisioning process.

Infrastructure as code is basically an art of managing and provisioning infrastructure through machine-readable definition files, rather than physical hardware configuration or interactive configuration tools. IaC is becoming a much-needed way of dealing with the increasing complexities of an organization’s IT infrastructure. By using infrastructure as code, software deployment methods can be made more agile for today’s fast-paced DevOps environment.

Benefits

  • IaC reduces the risk involved with manual work, improves agility, pace of deployment and reduces significant amount of cost.
  • IaC enables exploration and experimentation for software designs or defect fixing by providing environment versioning and rollback at a faster rate.
  • IaC also provides automated deployment to the integrated environments and repeatability through immutable infrastructure.

Read more in Anurag Sharma’s book, Test Environment Management.

About the Author:

Anurag Sharma is a dynamic, ambitious and a result-oriented IT service management professional. He loves challenges and is willing to take a risk.

Anurag’s specialities include:

  • Test environment management/architect
  • DevOps architect/consultant
  • I.T. service management
  • Test management
  • Cyber resilience/security researcher