Infrastructure as Code

Infrastructure as Code enables businesses to more efficiently control the changes and configurations in a cloud environment. The idea behind IaC is to bring practices found within DevOps that allow developers and operations to work more closely on the deployment of virtual machines, the virtual networks that are constructed around them, and the application within.

Why use Infrastructure as Code

Speed

The first significant benefit IaC provides is speed. Infrastructure as code enables you to quickly set up your complete infrastructure by running a script. You can do that for every environment, from development to production, passing through staging, QA, and more. IaC can make the entire software development life cycle more efficient.

Consistency

Manual processes result in mistakes, period. Humans are fallible. Our memories fault us. Communication is hard, and we are in general pretty bad at it. Manual infrastructure management will result in discrepancies, no matter how hard you try. IaC solves that problem by having the config files themselves be the single source of truth. That way, you guarantee the same configurations will be deployed over and over, without discrepancies.

Accountability

This one is quick and easy. Since you can version IaC configuration files like any source code file, you have full traceability of the changes each configuration suffered. No more guessing games about who did what and when.

More efficiency during the whole software development cycle

By employing infrastructure as code, you can deploy your infrastructure architectures in many stages. That makes the whole software development life cycle more efficient, raising the team’s productivity to new levels. Finally, when it’s deployment time, you can push both infrastructure and code to production in one step.

Lower cost

One of the main benefits of IaC is lowering the costs of infrastructure management. By employing cloud computing along with IaC, you dramatically reduce your costs. That’s because you won’t have to spend money on hardware, hire people to operate it, and build or rent physical space to store it. But IaC also lowers your costs in another, subtler way, and that is what we call “opportunity cost.”

Cloud Formation

Cloud Formation gives you an easy way to model the collection resources, provision them quickly and consistently, and manage them throughout their life cycles, by treating infrastructure as code. A Cloud Formation template describes your desired resources and their dependencies so you can launch and configure them together as a stack. You can use a template to create, update, and delete an entire stack as a single unit, as often as you need to, instead of managing resources individually.

Why use Cloud Formation

Automate best practices

With Cloud Formation, you can apply DevOps best practices using widely adopted processes and also simplify auditing changes and trigger automated deployments with pipeline integrations.

Scale your infrastructure worldwide

Manage resource scaling by sharing Cloud Formation templates to be used across your organization, to meet safety, compliance, and configuration standards. Templates and parameters enable easy scaling so you can share best practices and company policies.

Manage third-party and private resources

Model, provision, and manage third-party application resources such as monitoring, team productivity, incident management, CI/CD, and version control applications.