Infrastructure as Code is Crashing the "Rack and Stack" Party

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RESTON, Va. - Oct. 9, 2018 - PRLog -- Grizzled software developers will continue to ride or die manually configuring their application stacks, but a mushrooming number of teams are blue blazing a different path and adopting the concepts of "Infrastructure as Code" (IaC) as a way to streamline their product builds.

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? Well IaC works through the use of "machine-readable" files and virtualization to enable the on-demand provisioning of compute, network, and storage resources that constitute technology infrastructures.

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" indicates Brian Tunison - Director, Service Delivery & Design at the cloud consulting firm Restonlogic. "That's how IaC has won a seat at the table of best practice for infrastructure services."

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.

Based in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, RestonLogic is a cloud-systems integrator that executes flexible, purpose-built, secure and cost-effective solutions that automate, streamline and migrate assets in the cloud.

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