Infrastructure as a code is the management of infrastructure in a descriptive model that enables an organization to develop, deploy, and scale cloud applications with greater speed that too at a lesser risk and reduced cost. This automation helps the developers by eliminating the need for them to manually manage servers, database connections, storage, and other elements.
In a time when it’s not uncommon for an enterprise to deploy hundreds of applications into the production day in day out it is important for the organization to automate infrastructure in order to control costs, reduce risks, and respond to business opportunities at a greater speed. IaaC makes the automation possible.
It is one of the important DevOps practices, crucial to a competitive paced software delivery lifecycle. This enables the teams to rapidly create and version infrastructure exactly in the same manner as they version source code along with tracking of these versions in order to avoid inconsistency amidst the IT Environments which might lead to serious deployment issues.
Equipping traditional IT is a time-consuming and costly process as it requires the physical setup of the hardware as well as installation and configuration of operating system software and connection of middleware, networks, storage, and much more by the expert personnel.
Virtualization and cloud-native development dissolve the problem of managing the hardware physically and helps the developers in provisioning their own virtual servers and containers when in demand. Infrastructure as a code in the final step enables the developers to order up the fully documented, versioned infrastructure, all of it by executing a script. The benefits are what you can imagine it to be: