Cloud Computing

Steering cloud on manual is dangerous driving

Powering and controlling the internal mechanics of modern cloud networks with manual controls that are potentially subject to a higher degree of human error is a dicey proposition, especially when automatic auto-pilot controls are available to avoid dangerous driving.

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As anyone who has rented a car in the United States knows, the option for a manual transmission vehicle is known as stick-shift, or just plain and simple ‘stick’. Thankfully, automatic cars are known universally as automatics, it’s a term that doesn’t need much localisation.

On the new stretches of the information superhighway powered by cloud computing, we have a remarkably similar choice between manual and automatic management functions. As with automotive, manual control can sometimes offer more revs and stronger torque, but it may come at the price of spin-outs and skids. The question of where we now automate for control and competitive advantage is key.

Central to this question is cloud infrastructure. The cloud offers a new lane of availability, service resilience, scaling, experimentation and cost-savings, but it is how we build and manage the base layer road surface that really denotes the quality of the journey.

The mistakes that occur in manual cloud environment provisioning, set-up, deployment and management demand an additional solution - and that solution could be Infrastructure-as-Code.

What is Infrastructure-as-Code?

Infrastructure-as-Code or IaC is a means of configuring cloud infrastructure that reflects the way developers build applications. IaC allows us to ‘describe infrastructure’ in the form of source code, which can be used to automate the provisioning of that infrastructure in the datacentre, private or public cloud.

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