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What Is Infrastructure as Code (IaC)?

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Why Code is Driving Infrastructure Investment

The rise of DevOps is driving new needs to consume infrastructure through code and requires infrastructure be delivered and managed on demand.

Benefits of Infrastructure as Code

  • Improved productivity. Administrators and operators no longer must perform manual configuration steps for data center infrastructure changes.
  • Improved reliability. The configuration of the infrastructure is contained in electronic files, and software is responsible for initiating infrastructure changes, so there is less chance of human error.

Infrastructure as Code vs. Automation

Infrastructure as Code and automation are two closely related terms, but mean very different things. Infrastructure as code is concerned with maintaining the configuration or state of the data center infrastructure in a known way. Automation deals more with the process for automatically pushing that state into the infrastructure and maintaining it.

Tools for Infrastructure as Code

Some IaC tools publicly available are: