Cloud infrastructure automation technology is used to provision servers and computer data centers through metadata files, as opposed to physical configuration. The concept in practice can also be referred to implementing "infrastructure as code" or performing continuous configuration automation. Developers will create templated infrastructure to run their application code, review code, and integrate it. These templates can then be reused and generated automatically, minimizing a developer’s need to reconfigure infrastructure.
Companies use cloud infrastructure automation technology in DevOps practices to reuse preconfigured infrastructure and ensure configuration visibility at all times. These tools can save developers time in configuring infrastructure as well as reduce downtime.
These tools have a strong tie to the continuous devlivery processs. A number DevOps-focused configuration management software tools will have the ability to automate cloud infrastructure, but that capability is not inherent to all configuration management tools.
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Puppet Enterprise helps you know what's in your infrastructure, and how it's configured across all the physical components of your data center; your virtualized and cloud infrastructure; and everything you're running in containers. Puppet automatically keeps everything in its desired state, enforcing consistency and keeping you compliant, while giving you complete control to make changes as your business needs evolve. Only Puppet includes desired state conflict detection and situational awareness, and comes with over 5,000 prebuilt supported, approved and community-contributed modules.
CenturyLink® Cloud Application Manager is a cloud-agnostic application and infrastructure management platform with integrated Managed Services delivered anywhere via automation. The centraized platform enables IT organizations to optimize infrastructure and costs for anticipated business requirements by efficiently managing workloads across any infrastructure environment.
Otter helps you provision and configure your servers automatically, without ever needing to log-in to a command prompt. You can define reusable sets of configurations called roles, and then scale your infrastructure by simply assigning these roles to any number of servers. Otter continuously monitors your servers for configuration changes, and reports when there's configuration drift. You can set servers to automatically remediate drift, or schedule remediation and other configuration changes as needed.