5 Reasons why Infrastructure as Code is the linchpin of Infrastructure Automation

The adoption of public cloud means you are prioritizing your infrastructure automation initiatives. As you grow your cloud environments, keeping your infrastructure manageable can be quite a challenge. Not only do organizations look to infrastructure as code for faster deployment, but also improved manageability. 

Top 5 reasons why enterprises are adopting infrastructure as code

1. Treat Infrastructure as code to achieve agility

As the name suggests, infrastructure as code is the concept of managing and provisioning your infrastructure in the same way you do for code. Instead of manually spinning up an environment or making configuration changes from a console, you provision your entire infrastructure architecture with code. You can now use the same code to provision your production environment to spin up high-fidelity development, testing, or staging environments in minutes. This level of infrastructure automation with speed and efficiency is what businesses mandate in the new digital era.  

2. Infrastructure as code improves quality

With infrastructure treated like software, testing infrastructure as code is possible. Infrastructure as code offers the opportunity to introduce continuous integration and continuous deployment in your development process. Adopting shift left testing improves quality so issues can be uncovered early in the development cycle while reducing the time and cost of fixing issues.

3. Many infrastructure as code tools in the market today

With infrastructure automation being top of mind for cloud professionals, there are plenty of infrastructure as code tools to choose from in the market. Competition is great for innovation, so rest assured that there will only be more tools to advance cloud automation. For example, open source tools like Terraform and Pulumi are gaining momentum along with cloud provider offerings such as AWS CloudFormation, Azure Resource Manager and Google Cloud Deployment Manager. AWS even has a developer friendly version of infrastructure as code tools, called AWS CDK, to make developers’ life easy.  

4. Reusable codes for consistency

Infrastructure as code is more than just infrastructure automation. It applies DevOps practices to ensure that code can be easily reused (you can leverage tools like Terraform modules) to re-deploy multiple resources. It also ensures that codes are error free by testing infrastructure as code early in the development process via unit testing or integration testing. This means that infrastructure can be easily and consistently deployed across an enterprise. A repeatable infrastructure simplifies manageability of the cloud infrastructure. 

5. Automated documentation as part of your cloud automation initiative

The code itself will document the state of the cloud environment and can serve as documentation. This is really good news, since documentation is often neglected and out of date. 

Infrastructure as code is essential to infrastructure automation

Infrastructure as code can accelerate your infrastructure automation initiative, keep your environment consistent and make it more manageable. Thanks to infrastructure automation, engineers spend less time performing manual work saving you a lot of time and money. If infrastructure as code is currently not on your radar, maybe it’s time to reconsider it. 

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