Infrastructure automation tools and processes save operations team from routine, repetitive tasks and also reduce chances of human-induced errors during version-control, IT configuration, patch-management, performance-tracking etc.
Why do we need infrastructure automation?
In today’s day-and-age of “digital disruption”, amount of time wasted on setup, synchronization and deployment of applications is huge, which teams and managers can really not afford. Manual server management and application deployment are a huge waste of time and ultimately money. In addition, manually performing these tasks is often prone-to -error and a big risk for uninterrupted uptime of production.
Apart from software quality, the deployment and setup is equally important to quality of an application. With infrastructure-automation, one can achieve huge productivity gains.
Datamato can help executing effective infrastructure automation by:
• Identifying and targeting right areas for orchestration and workflow automation
• Identifying repetitive tasks that are prime-candidates for automation
An effective infrastructure automation entails:
• Having complete build in one step
Code deployment to appropriate machine Configuration
Database setup/migration and others
• Rollout/Rollback deployments in one step
• Deploying applications to a new server setup without changes to the code (Infrastructure-as-code Code)
• Infrastructure-as-code (IAC) under version-control
Datamato leverages tool like IBM’s UrbanCode (Build, Deploy and Release with Patterns, CHEF etc.) for infrastructure automation.
If you need help automating your infrastructure and deployment, don’t hesitate to contact us.
We can help you with details and problems that commonly occur and we will make sure you get started very quickly.
Infrastructure as a Code
Infrastructure-as-a-code (IAC) uses higher-level or descriptive language to code more versatile and adaptive provisioning and deployment processes. It essentially is management of infrastructure (networks, virtual machines, load-balancers, connection-topology etc.)
Similar to formal software design and development practices, one has to carefully control code-versions, test code-iterations and limit development until the software is proven and approved for production. Like the principle that same source-code generates the same binary, an IAC model generates the same environment every time it is applied.
One thing to look out for though is “Configuration Drift”. If administrators change server-configurations without changing IAC code, there is potential for configuration drift, which is when inconsistent configurations exist across data-centre systems. It’s important to fully integrate IAC into systems administration, IT operations and DevOps processes with well-documented policies and procedures.
The solution to addressing both these needs – minimizing cycle time and versioning environments can be addressed by capturing and managing your Infrastructure as code. Spinning up a new virtual environment or a new version of the environment then becomes a matter of executing a script that can create and provision an image or set of images – all the way from OS to the complete application stack installed and configured. Hours can become minutes.
Datamato leverages IBM’s UrbanCode Deploy with Patterns, which works directly with OpenStack framework to provision your foundation (compute, network, and storage layers) and integrates tightly with all of Infrastructure-as-Code tooling.
These features, combined with deployment capability in UrbanCode Deploy provides entire full-stack framework for customers, and help them tackle challenges of a hybrid-cloud.
Key in-built features of UrbanCode that help are:
• Can be leveraged as both provisioning as well as orchestration tool (release management)
• Rollback and redeployment of last working version on-demand
• Tracking of applications, versions and environments
To summarize, Infrastructure-as-Code is the prerequisite for common DevOps practices such as version control, code review, continuous integration and automated testing.