Sometimes the worst bottlenecks are not in app deployment, but in provisioning environments to deploy to. Also, the lead-times can increase exponentially due to the coordination and integration required with every new infrastructure component in your environment. So, how do we deal with that problem?
Expedite New Environments with Automated Environment Provisioning
Automated Environment Provisioning uses automation to create these environments at the press of a button instead of manually piecing them together! Often, this works by authoring a description of the environment you want and allowing automation to build it from that description. The description can be tweaked and maintained over time, and the automation can spin up new environments based on that description or update an existing environment based on your changes.
- Slash to near zero lead-times for new environments.
- Allow you to save money by making better use of your infrastructure assets.
- Help your team focus on higher-value tasks by reducing the effort required to setup or maintain an environment.
- Reduce errors in environment creation that slow down your development efforts.
Depending on your needs, there is a variety of great solutions available that allow automation of environment provisioning. Prolifics' teams have used many different tools and solutions to do so.
For customers who want to be able to do full-stack continuous delivery, UrbanCode Deploy with Patterns may be the optimum solution. Full-stack means everything from the OS/platform and upwards: the compute nodes, storage nodes, network configuration, middleware, middleware configuration and finally your applications that sit on top of all of this. Use the graphical editor to design your desired full-stack and then press a button to provision it!
We've seen solutions like Docker provide a simple solution for customers who only care about being able to quickly set up a variety of different types of environments, as they are needed. In conjunction Chef can be used to configure newly provisioned environments automatically.
IBM’s PureApplication System provides a complete end-to-end solution in situations where infrastructure must be dynamically shared to drive cost savings while also allowing complex environments to be quickly set up based on best-of-breed patterns.
We can help if you are interested in evaluating any of these solutions for your needs!