Infrastructure as Code (IaC)

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is the practice of managing IT infrastructure through automated scripts rather than manual processes. An integral component of the DevOps software development approach, IaC enables the full automation of deployment and configuration, facilitating continuous delivery.

The broader concept of infrastructure encompasses various components essential for supporting application operations, including hardware such as servers, data centers, and desktop computers, along with software like operating systems and web servers. Traditionally, organizations maintained their infrastructure on-premises physically. However, the contemporary standard involves hosting infrastructure in the cloud through providers such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.

How does Infrastructure as Code work?

Without IaC, teams would individually configure infrastructure components for each deployment, resulting in inconsistent environments, often termed as “snowflakes.” IaC addresses this issue by using software tools to automate administrative tasks, describing infrastructure in code.

The implementation involves:

  1. Writing infrastructure configurations in a chosen programming language.
  2. Storing code files in a code repository.
  3. Running an IaC tool to execute the code and carry out the necessary activities.

What We Offer

  1. Reduced Costs: Cloud computing is inherently cost-effective, eliminating the need to invest in hardware and maintenance personnel. IaC further reduces infrastructure costs by streamlining administration efforts, allowing teams to focus on value-driven tasks, and ensuring payment only for the utilized resources.

  2. Consistency: IaC prevents configuration or environment drift by ensuring deployments are consistent and repeatable. The declarative approach avoids the inconsistencies introduced by manual deployment methods.

  3. Version Control: Infrastructure configurations, treated as code files, are easily editable and distributable. These code files can be checked into source control, versioned, and reviewed alongside application source code. Integration with CI/CD platforms automates deployments, enhancing collaboration and traceability.