Infrastructure as a code

While the AWS Cloud is the answer to most of our deployment solutions, manually provisioning hundreds of services and cloud infrastructures doesn’t sound very efficient. This is where infrastructure as a code comes into play. Infrastructure as a code (IaC) means managing and provisioning application infrastructure using code. By using IaC, we have changed the application deployment process from buying and configuring hardware to writing infrastructure configuration files. CloudFormation is the service for provisioning AWS infrastructure using code.

Benefits of IaC

  • Deploying infrastructure on cloud service consoles is prone to manual errors, whereas writing IaC allows multiple developers to collaborate, review, and version control the infrastructure.
  • IaC allows developers to use preexisting templates and documentation to create verified and tested infrastructure.
  • IaC allows IT, admins, and architects to provision consistent and tested hardware in all their deployments.
  • It provides for compliance and security control in an organization. For example, a cloud architect can create a reusable piece of code that provisions secure infrastructure in line with the organization’s standards. This same code can be reused across all the teams in the organization to provision organization-compliant infrastructure.
  • IaC improves the overall efficiency of provisioning and maintaining hardware. Integrating IaC configurations with continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) can further automate and enhance the process of infrastructure provisioning.

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