Infrastructure as Code is Crashing the "Rack and Stack" Party
Unlocked by solutions in the cloud, IaC has disrupted the tech industry over the past few years, and left more than a handful of befuddled senior managers in its wake. Let's be honest, ask a company director outside of Santa Clara County to explain IaC or give some of its fundamental principles and you will definitely get some funky answers.
But rather than regurgitating a colorless characterization of IaC (hello wikipedia) or citing a few generic use cases let's instead look at the time-honored way the stack was built: manual processing and provisioning.
Now I'm not here to rain on anybody's "rack and stack" party, but there are certain obvious flies in the ointment here. For starters, manual provisioning inevitably causes inconsistency due to human error which leads to deviations from configuration standards.
Also, it is difficult in attain and maintain compliance to corporate or industry standards due to the absence of repeatable processes.
Next, there is the lack of agility by limiting the window of which your organization can release new versions of services in response to customer needs and market drivers.
Lastly, there is a higher cost because racking and stacking requires human capital that could otherwise go toward more important business needs.
So exactly how does IaC solve these shortcomings?
In other words, IaC treats configuration files as software code and brings automaton to the provisioning process.
"IaC reduces drift and boosts the agility and speed of deployments"
Software builds are really difficult, and that's why Techies loves IaC's predictability -- it is practically platitudinous in its homogeneity. So we shouldn't be surprised IaC is gaining traction as the preferable way to create, manage, provision and update resources in a repeatable way.
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