Summary : In the previous blogs in this series, I have discussed the significance of building a well-architected cloud environment, and how to manage the security of a multi-account AWS environment with custom solutions built on the AWS Control Tower.
In this blog I will explain how you can build and maintain a well-architected environment effortlessly using Infrastructure as Code (IaC).
Infrastructure is one of the fundamental and necessary pillars of the software development process. It is directly responsible for the smooth running of your applications, production, staging, and test environments. As the complexity of applications grows, managing and provisioning IT infrastructure in the traditional way to meet the demands of frequent updates, new service launches, and security and compliance regulations is not feasible.
This is where Infrastructure as Code (IaC) can be useful as an IT practice. IaC automates the provisioning and maintenance of cloud infrastructure and updates through code, eliminating manual efforts so that you can meet the growing infrastructure needs in a scalable and trackable manner IaC has many benefits such as:
When several users are deploying configurations there are bound to be inconsistencies in the development, QA, and production environments. With Infrastructure as Code, all parameters are stored in manifest files which can be replicated and reused easily. By enforcing guardrails, yet another fundamental aspect of security is taken care of. .
Automated infrastructure provisioning accelerates software development as users don’t need to configure an environment every time they want to develop, test, or deploy software.
Resources can be allocated based on performance needs - larger and high performance resources for production environments, smaller and medium/low performance resources for non-production environments. This results in significant cost savings, increased flexibility, and productivity.
With cloud computing, infrastructure management has moved away from physical data centers to virtualization, containers, etc. The number of infrastructure components has also grown with more applications being released to production on a daily basis, and infrastructure being scaled up or down frequently. With an IaC practice in place, infrastructure provisioning is automated which reduces errors in configuration and increases the speed at which development, production and test environments are deployed.
However, implementing or acquiring the IaC methodology is not an easy task and has quite a few challenges:
As a Well-Architected Partner, Ibexlabs can address these challenges with the IbexCatalog.
IbexCatalog is a suite of custom-built AWS Service Catalog products for network, compute, storage, and databases to deliver well-architected cloud environments through Infrastructure as Code. We follow cloud security best practices to build secure environments that can help you achieve compliance with industry standards such as HIPAA, HiTRUST, NIST, and PCI. The products are constantly updated so that you are up to speed with security and compliance regulations. Get in touch with us to learn more about IbexCatalog and how we can help you scale your business with a well-architected cloud infrastructure.