Reduce Maintenance for Greater Strategic Contribution

AWS Best Practices for Reduced Maintenance

Cloud computing, containers and microservices seemingly serve to increase the number of systems under management. So, finding a way to increase consistency while decreasing resources needed for ongoing management is imperative. DevOps automation plays a critical role in achieving both as it removes tactical, repetitive tasks, which allows IT to focus more time on strategic, business-impacting work.

Automation also decreases management time spent on trouble and problem resolution as it removes the potential for human error. In fact, studies show that high performing DevOps organizations recover 24x faster from failures, and have 3x lower change failure rates.

As a key principle of DevOps, Flux7 AWS consultants are expert at applying automation to AWS environments to reduce maintenance tasks. Further, Flux7 teaches its clients how to effectively and efficiently manage their AWS environment moving forward, putting the keys to ongoing success in our client’s’ hands. Specifically, Flux7 key technical components for minimizing maintenance and maximizing impact are:

  • Service agnostic landing zones that decrease maintenance as they reduce the need to write and manage customized processes for different services. In addition, we develop pipelines, or processes, that are designed specifically to automate the delivery of services into the landing zone.
  • Configuration management with tools like Ansible and Chef that automate the process of provisioning properly configured systems. In addition, monitoring for configuration drift is automatically managed by AWS Config that tracks AWS resource configurations automatically.
  • AWS CloudFormation helps sysadmins easily build secure, reliable, and scalable AWS infrastructure. With AWS CloudFormation templates, sysadmins can repeatedly create AWS infrastructure stacks across regions and in support of various applications.
  • Self-serve IT to increase repeatability and speed the rate at which internal customers are serviced. Service Catalog addresses these goals with automated infrastructure provisioning through easy buttons. Ops teams create these buttons and make them available to internal customers such as developers, engineers, or QA to easily request, receive and provision pre-approved infrastructure.

Decreasing IT management and increasing the amount of strategic work IT operations tackles are two sides of the same coin. Through DevOps facilitated automation, we are able to deliver efficiency and productivity gains that result in real business value through less management overhead, faster throughput and more frequent releases.

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