5 Benefits of Infrastructure as Code

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By applaudo
2019-10-29

No matter if you are an Infrastructure Engineer, a Full Stack Developer or the CTO, if you are managing infrastructure, deploying code, configuring servers, backing up data, monitoring apps or responding to alerts at 2:00 AM; you should know what Infrastructure as Code is and what are its benefits.

Infrastructure as Code or just IaC has emerged as a best practice for automating the provisioning of infrastructure resources and services.

IaC is a method to provision and manage IT infrastructure through the use of source code, rather than through standard operating procedures and manual processes. The main idea behind IaC is that you write and execute code to define, deploy and update your infrastructure.

You’re basically treating your servers, databases, networks, and other infrastructure like software. And this code can help you configure and deploy these infrastructure components quickly and consistently.

IaC helps you automate the infrastructure deployment process in a repeatable, consistent manner, which has many benefits.

Why implement Infrastructure as Code?

Nowadays, there are a lot of tools and technologies to manage your Infrastructure as Code. So, why bother to learn new technology and end up with even more code to manage?

The answer is simple.

According to The State of DevOps Report 2019, businesses that use DevOps practices, such as Infrastructure as Code, deploy code 208 times more frequently, 2604 times faster to restore service and 106 times faster change lead times. 

So, there is tangible proof that you can get a huge return of investment in exchange for implementing IaC in your organization.

So, let’s see 5 benefits you can get from IaC:

It’s worth to mention that you, your teammates and boss will be way happier having IaC in place. Deploying code could be a tedious, repetitive and boring task. No one in your organización will notice your work until you mess it up, and we all know that isn’t a happy moment.

Infrastructure as Code can simplify and accelerate your infrastructure provisioning process, help you avoid mistakes and comply with the policies, keep your environments consistent, and save your company a lot of time and money.

At the end of the day, everybody will be a little bit happier. So, if Infrastructure as Code isn’t something you’re doing now, maybe it’s time to start!

About the authors

Cesar Amaya

Graduated from Information Technology Engineering from Universidad de El Salvador. Cesar has over 14 years of experience in IT infrastructure management and support. He’s currently a DevOps Engineer at Applaudo Studios.

 

Jimmy Bonilla

Graduated from Information Technology Engineering from Universidad Tecnologíca de El Salvador. Jimmy has over 5 years of experience in IT and is currently a DevOps Engineer at Applaudo Studios.