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IT Infrastructure Automation - A Beginners Guide

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IT Infrastructure Automation - A Beginners Guide

Whether you're new to IT Infrastructure Automation or just curious about what it can do for your organization, you've come to the right place. We'll cover self-service provisioning, Open-source tools, Kubernetes automation, Cloud Formation, and more. And we'll cover how infrastructure as code will revolutionize how you manage computing resources. This is a game-changer for network operators, allowing them to test their designs and workflows more quickly.


Self-service provisioning:


The goal of self-service provisioning is to streamline the creation, configuration, and management of IT infrastructure. These tools automate processes to reduce development time and IT management costs. However, the adoption of self-service provisioning requires some care and attention. Regardless of whether you're a large enterprise or a small business, there are some key benefits to self-service provisioning. Listed below are some benefits of this technology.


Historically, IT infrastructure provisioning involved manually carving out infrastructure to meet application requirements. It also involved waiting for hardware to be delivered and set up. Ultimately, this process required a high level of control and supervision. Today, it can be done through automation. In the past, provisioning required waiting for hardware, setting up servers, and configuring hardware. Using self-service provisioning solutions can reduce these challenges, as well as give developers more ownership of their projects.


Kubernetes Automation:

Increasingly, companies are turning to Kubernetes automation to simplify IT infrastructure management. This open-source container orchestration tool was developed by Google to make it easier to deploy containerized microservices. Almost every major cloud provider supports Kubernetes, which enables IT departments to provision and manage clusters across hybrid, private, and multi-cloud environments. With infrastructure as code, Kubernetes automation can be as simple as deploying a few lines of code.


While Kubernetes is capable of running Docker containers under the control of its orchestration system, maintenance tasks can be tedious and error-prone. Using automation tools can save time and increase efficiency by automating repetitive tasks. Ansible is a leading tool in this field. It does not require agents to run on hosts and communicates with them over SSH. In addition, Ansible runbooks are written in YAML, which makes them compatible with version control software and text editors.


Open-Source Tools:

If you're looking to automate your IT infrastructure, you should check out these open-source tools. Puppet's Bolt is another open-source tool that automates manual tasks such as troubleshooting servers and stopping and restarting services. Unlike other tools, Bolt does not require agents on remote target machines. It can connect to WinRM, allowing users to access the systems they want to manage.


Open-source tools for IT infrastructure automation are available for Linux, Windows, and Mac. One of the most popular open-source tools is HashiCorp Terraform. It allows you to provision, manage, and configure infrastructure as code, allowing you to automate deployments while reducing deployment cycles. It even integrates with your version control system, allowing you to deploy apps and data without manual intervention. All of these tools are designed to maximize efficiency and minimize human error.


IaC, or infrastructure as code, automates the provisioning, maintenance, and scaling of IT infrastructure using machine-readable configuration files. The tools help administrators write a script to build and manage a cluster of servers, virtual machines, and databases. Without automation, network teams would have to manually manage configuration details and have multiple people maintain them. Scalability can be a problem when deploying new servers or adding more data.


Cloud Formation:


Cloud Formation is a service offered by Amazon Web Services. Using the service, you can create cloud-based resources by using a template. Templates consist of a series of resources defined in JSON or YAML, which you can then use to define your cloud infrastructure. These templates are free and are managed like code. You don't have to configure each and every attribute in the templates.


Cloud Formation provides a single source of truth for your entire infrastructure and application resources. It helps standardize infrastructure components across your organization and automates the building and rebuilding of applications. With this automation, you won't have to worry about managing and maintaining your stack, since Cloud Formation will orchestrate the right operations and roll back changes automatically. To learn how to use Cloud Formation, check out our Beginners Guide to Cloud Formation for IT infrastructure automation.


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