How Infrastructure As Code Accelerates Software Deployment

Why infrastructure as code leads to faster deployment, more efficiency, and less risk—and how to get started.

Traditionally, software development worked in cycles: coding, testing and deployment. Today’s software development cycles are infinitely more complex. Updates to consumer-facing programs happen in real time and on a whole suite of different machines. Such a dramatic shift necessitates DevOps environments in which the silos between operations and deployment are broken, and teams work seamlessly in a continuous automation cycle. Enter infrastructure as code (IAC).

Infrastructure As Code: How It Works

Chef Automate takes the process of software deployment and converts it into code—a set of commands or “recipes” to be followed.

By using infrastructure as code, Chef Automate simplifies the work of software deployment. Equally important, it is nimble enough for today’s fast-paced DevOps environment. Why is Infrastructure as Code so important and how does Chef Automate deliver?

Speed

With Infrastructure as Code your operations team no longer has to rely on cumbersome procedures and protocols to deploy software updates. Infrastructure as code systematizes the process shaving off time, an important factor in today’s DevOps environments.

Efficiency

Chef Automate’s infrastructure as code approach means you’re not reinventing the wheel every time you deploy a new version of the software. All the instructions needed, including the relationships between computers and networks, are entered already, making the process much more seamless and efficient.

Lowering Risk

Large-scale deployments in enterprises are tightly choreographed, as the risk tolerance for failure is very low. Infrastructure as code with Chef Automate significantly reduces risk of human error. You can avoid typing instructions over and over again, or having developers forget to include certain machines in the loop.

Software Applied To Infrastructure

Equally important, the same tools you use to manipulate software can now be applied to infrastructure.

Infrastructure processes will be treated just like software: they will be stored in a central repository transparent to the entire team and it is versionable. What does this mean? If you were to introduce new infrastructure units, you can now capture the new infrastructure dependencies in the next iteration.

Chef Automate’s infrastructure as code approach ensures ALDO (Agile, Lean DevOps) environments. No matter how your infrastructure changes—whether through the introduction of utility-based computing such as cloud servers—your deployment stays abreast of the game.

And Chef Automate works with a variety of infrastructure, both legacy units and modern servers.

Delivering Speed, and Efficiency and reducing Risk means that using Chef Automate lets you work seamlessly at compete at speed and at scale.