Infrastructure as Code

Automation Consultants provides a wide range of services including Consultancy, Training, Hosting, Support, DevOps and Machine Learning.

We can help you manage your infrastructure systems, whether it’s cloud-based or situated within your own data centres. We deploy industry-leading tools and make recommendations with your business’ needs in mind.

What is Infrastructure as Code?

Infrastructure as code (IaC) allows you to describe IT infrastructure such as servers, networks, databases and operating systems as code. You can run this code to build and configure your infrastructure automatically.

Two leading examples of IaC systems are:

  • CloudFormation, which comes as part of Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Terraform, by Hashicorp, the company behind Vagrant, Atlas and Packer.

There is significant overlap between these systems and configuration management systems such as Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Vagrant and Saltstack. The latter group have IaC capability, but they are primarily focused on configuration management (CM), that is, on configuring infrastructure that is already in place.

CloudFormation and TerraForm are primarily focused on putting in place the infrastructure itself, and they often invoke CM tools to perform configuration on the infrastructure after it has been deployed.

IaC Services

We deliver IaC solutions for your infrastructure in your own data centre(s) or across the following cloud platforms:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Microsoft Azure

Wherever your system, we can provide you with Infrastructure as Code tools and solutions that best meet your requirements. Our experts understand the need for reduced daily admin and cost efficiency, but also the mitigation of security risks and threats. You can find out more about how our services can help below.

We make you resilient

For high resilience, we offer infrastructure hosting solutions coded in Infrastructure as Code, that span more than one infrastructure provider, for example AWS and Azure, or AWS and GCP. This guards against the (admittedly remote) possibility of a problem affecting more than just a single location of an infrastructure provider, and also against vendor lock-in and price rises.

We optimise your costs

We use our expertise to optimise the cost profile of customers’ cloud services. Cloud infrastructure tends to creep up in price as new resources are added without older ones always being released. Price changes by vendors can also make solutions, which were once cost-efficient, much less so. New offerings by vendors can open up which make more efficient hosting possible.

Our cost modelling and monitoring, and our experience across a range of customers, allows us to help keep your cloud costs down. IaC helps with this by keeping units of infrastructure uniform and preventing the emergence of ad-hoc and poorly understood configurations, springing from a succession of hastily executed but poorly documented fixes.

Infrastructure Management Services

We are an outsource partner for infrastructure management in the cloud, and an Amazon Web Services Select Partner. We can manage your servers and other infrastructure, and take the daily administration workload off your hands, allowing your organisation to focus on enterprise tasks that matter most.

Contact us today to find out how we could support you with infrastructure as code within your business. Whether you need a full set up or regular infrastructure management and optimisation, our experts can help.

Why choose Automation Consultants?

Automation Consultants can give your software development and IT operations a competitive edge. We deploy the latest automated products and techniques with an emphasis on quality and deep expertise. We train your staff in the solutions we deliver, and we support those solutions once they are in place.

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