How much time does it take your developers to create a new cluster? Reconfigure the existing one? Hours? Days? The IaC solution enables teams to eliminate manual work and automate most of the processes with scripts. Companies at the top of the market either have huge development and DevOps departments or have adopted IaC.
An IT infrastructure described in code (scripts that execute a needed function due to certain circumstances can run version control, automated testing, and even manage continuous integration and delivery.
Check four main steps towards Infrastructure as Code implementation.
Discovery. Define the processes and functions to build the logic of the infrastructure.
Transcoding. Transcode the logic of your infrastructure into scripts.
Workflow. Adopt the Ops team to the current changes. There is no need for this with us.
Release. Enjoy fully automated IT processes and concentrate on product development.
IaC by OpsWorks Co.
In case our client has already developed the infrastructure we run the IT analysis and transcode all functions into IaC language. If the client requires us to build an Infrastructure as Code from scratch, the first thing to do is business needs recognition. Only after we define what the client expects from the system, we build a consistent and automated infrastructure in close cooperation with the development team.
Infrastructure as Code is implemented to increase the automation capabilities of the production processes. The management of the infrastructure is simplified as troubleshooting, maintenance, and upgrading can be done remotely. Also, with IaC, redundancy systems are easily set up: if one fails, the backup automatically takes over, eliminating downtime.
It reduces the infrastructure maintenance costs by eliminating the need for technicians to do maintenance on physical infrastructure. It increases consistency within the operations of the business by removing the human element, the main source of errors. The company can release newly updated software without worrying about the capabilities of the hardware to handle new versions of the product.
There is Azure Resource Manager in which the user can provision the infrastructure and handle dependencies seamlessly. Then, there is Terraform, which helps with the management of complex applications on a large infrastructure. It can be automated, and it is the most adaptable of all tools, although it can be intimidating to start with. There is also Ansible, which has a simple configuration, and one can develop custom modules. At OpsWorks Co. we often opt for a combination of Terraform and Ansible.