How to Optimize Your Cloud in the Era of Infrastructure as Code Complimentary Whitepaper

Infrastructure as code (IaC) is a method to provision and manage IT infrastructure through the use of source code, rather than through standard operating procedures and manual processes. Tools like HashiCorp Terraform, AWS CloudFormation, or Ansible help you automate the infrastructure deployment process in a repeatable and consistent manner, driving speed, simplicity, and efficiency.

However, this level of granular automation in cloud provisioning poses serious challenges for managing and optimizing the cloud resources, such as uncontrollable micro-purchasing, performance risks and cloud cost sprawl. With Infrastructure as Code, you need to find a new way to manage and optimize your cloud infrastructure in a fully automated fashion.

provider "aws" {
  region = "${var.aws_region}"
}
resource "aws_instance" "web" {
  name = "Web Server"
  instance_type = "m4.large"
  ami = "${lookup(var.aws_amis, var.aws_region)}"
}

Hardcoded infrastructure as code definitions trap your apps permanently within suboptimal instances. Learn how to replace these hard instructions with calls that optimize your instances dynamically.

In this paper, you will learn:

  • The common pitfalls of using hardcoded instructions in infrastructure as code templates (as components of solutions like Terraform) when provisioning cloud resources
  • How to eliminate risk and achieve efficiency in your cloud environment while maintaining the lowest possible cost
  • How to automate the process of optimizing your cloud resources with infrastructure as code

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