IaC is an integral force driving the success of DevOps. Through IaC, you can free yourself from the shackles of manual processes that lead to inefficiencies. The concept is much like DevOps, which brings together the dev and the ops teams through automation.
IaC diminishes the gap between your applications and environments. You can automate your infrastructure management and upgrades, just like in the case of applications. Organizations are increasingly going for IaC for the same reasons they choose DevOps- i.e., a safe and agile way to meet changes.
A big part of IaC is driven by automation. We will explore how you can automate repeatable tasks using IaC in our exclusive post.
What is IaC?
IaC helps you manage your operations environment just like you maintain your code for regular releases. Instead of making manual configurations to infrastructure, you let a set of standard processes do the job. The guidelines of code development are applied in IaC to make automated infrastructure adjustments.
Various DevOps approaches and technology facilitate IaC, like-
- Virtualized tests
- Version Control
- Continuous monitoring
- Continuous integration (CI)
- Continuous delivery (CD)
IaC is perfect to provision and deploys infrastructure without depending on system admins. Infrastructure automation tools like Ansible can even install MySQL server without the need for human intervention.
Benefits of IaC Automation
Your business can enjoy a number of advantages when you implement Infrastructure as Code. Obviously, you need to choose an adept DevOps partner for the job. A team of experienced professionals can help you implement end-to-end infrastructure automation and derive the following benefits-
Infrastructure as code tools allows you to create standard procedures for your architectures. From then, you can just work on tweaking the process for more efficiency and productivity. As a result, you can expect fewer errors, incompatibility issues, and hiccups.
DevOps enables you to activate 100 machines at the touch of a button, and even ensure proper configuration. Automation, set processes, preconfigured databases, cloud service- everything adds together to create an unmatched pace.
You experience an instant boost in efficiency by getting rid of manual processes and human inconsistencies. Technologies like CI and CD even allow you to make your software development cycles more efficient.
Organizations can limit junior engineers’ access to critical functions to reduce risk. The code itself acts as a document that notes all activities done with the infrastructure. You can also document configurations for future reference.
Save Cost and Time
IT infrastructure automation frees up the time of your engineers. You can also conserve resources and reduce the costs of labor. Extra resources can then be spent for productive purposes and growing your business.
Infrastructure Automation Tools
Alpacked uses a number of IaC tools for setting up automated infrastructure environments. Let’s take a look at some of the top infrastructure tools-
AWS Cloud users can rely on AWS CloudFormation to automate infrastructure. Your whole infrastructure can be modeled within a YAML or JSON template. You can also use automation features to deploy resources with consistency and efficiency.
Azure Resource Manager
Microsoft’s Azure Resource Manager is one of the best automated provisioning tools. You can use ARM templates to create a seamless infra management cycle. The templates are reusable and can handle countless Azure resources. The user-friendly dashboard helps you keep an eye o the health of your environments and monitor all builds.
Terraform is one of the most-popular infrastructure orchestration tools. You can seamlessly manage large architectures for complex multi-faceted applications. The infrastructure as a tool solution is highly adaptable but comes with a learning curve. We have experienced DevOps engineers in total control of Terraform to lend you a helping hand.
IaC Best Practices
Automation infrastructure strategies should focus on some best practices highlighted below-
Define everything in your environment clearly to avoid future problems. Make sure to –
- Specify infrastructure requirements
- Include the network bandwidth
- Define storage I/O operations per second
- Involve developers in the process
Microservices have enabled us to carry out changes or upgrades without disrupting the whole application. The same approach can be adopted for IaC, where modular units of code can do the job.
- Break infrastructure in small stacks or modules
- Establish accountability by giving individuals specific parts of infra code
- Use infrastructure testing tools to test modules
- Give responsibility to only experienced DevOps engineers
IaC tools are always evolving. Locking in on a single tool may make you miss out on new features. Try the following-
- Use open-source libraries
- Go for vendor lock-in
- Work with an IaC partner with varied tools
Limit Access to Novices
Never roll out your IaC without evaluating skills and experience. Someone without proper knowledge of the system can make massive changes to infrastructure without knowing what he did.
- Provide guidance and supervision
- Let experienced coders lead the team
- Grant access based on skill sets
Hire an Adept IaC Partner
IaC can become a challenging domain when you don’t have the in-house talent. Work with Alpacked to automate your infrastructure with the highest reliability and accuracy. Our experienced DevOps engineers use advanced IaC tools like Pulumi, CloudFormation, CHEF, Puppet, Salt Stack, and, of course, Ansible and Terraform to help you develop a standard and seamless process.