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Top 3 reasons why you should automate your AWS environment

Cloud | Posted on July 25, 2016 by Brett Gillett

In this article, I’ll tell you about the three majors benefits to automating your AWS infrastructure.

When you start your journey to AWS, most likely you’re going to use the AWS Management Console to deploy your infrastructure. By using the console, you’re able to get started quickly, figure out which AWS services help you meet your business and IT goals and easily deploy the infrastructure with just a few clicks of the mouse button.

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What I find when talking to customers is that using a web browser and clicking to create infrastructure gets old – fast. As their environments become larger and more complex using the console becomes tedious and prone to errors. In this article, I’ll tell you about the three majors benefits to automating your AWS infrastructure.

1. Automate infrastructure deployments to reduce errors

Let’s face it, having to redo work because you messed up is not the most efficient use of your time. By using CloudFormation, we can easily create (and test) our infrastructure before deploying it and make sure that it works the first time, and every time after that. What’s even better is that if we take a little extra time and build our templates, we can reuse them to create exact copies of them for testing, development, and even new production environments.

Want to go even further? Why not borrow a few ideas from our developer friend by using a source repository, like GitHub, to store templates? By doing this, you’ll be able to improve your templates over time and be able to roll back if you have to.

Need to go global? No problem, CloudFormation has your back. By building flexible templates, you will be able to deploy exactly the infrastructure your application(s) require anywhere around the globe. Can someone say AWS Rock Star?

2. Spend more time deploying code, not managing the infrastructure deployments

Many of our customers are building their applications on the AWS platform. At first, developers play double duty developing the application and then deploying it on long-running infrastructure. Ideally, you want your developers developing not deploying. By leveraging AWS tools like CodePipeline, and CodeDeploy and augmenting your deployment process with a tool like Jenkins, your developers can spend more time building the next great application and helping to differentiate your organization from its competitors.

Feeling inspired? Why not have the deployment process also create the infrastructure required to run your application on-demand? You can avoid pathing in place, which, like automating infrastructure, helps lower risk and reduce downtime.

3. Scaling Horizontally is super easy

So far we’ve automated our application deployments, and the infrastructure. What’s left? How about not paying for infrastructure that you’re not using? Sounds good, right? Why not use CloudWatch and auto-scaling to have just enough infrastructure in place to meet customer demand? You can use built-in monitoring or create custom metrics to measure KPIs that are relevant to your particular business and ensure that your clients have the best experience possible all while reducing the total cost of the infrastructure running on the AWS platform.

Want even more? Whoever is responsible for paying the AWS bill is going to refer to you as ‘the champ’ at every company function if you do this part – and do it well.

Interested in learning how you can automate infrastructure and application deployments in AWS?

On August 18th, we hosted a free Automating AWS with DevOps webinar  hosted by Brett Gillett, Softchoice’s AWS Practice Lead, focused on best practices and practical examples on how to get started with DevOps, regardless of the size of your organization. Watch the recording above too!

On our new AWS hub, you will also find:

  • Video demo: How to use CloudFormation to deploy infrastructure on AWS
  • Video demo: My Softchoice Cloud Dashboard features and functions
  • Three case studies
  • Information on Softchoice’s AWS services
  • Recent blog articles about AWS from the Softchoice Cloud blog network

Visit our hub now at: www.softchoice.com/m/automateaws 

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