Infrastructure Automation

With software eating the world, managing the infrastructure needed to power large scale, highly available applications in production is no trivial task. Given the importance to the bottom line for many organizations, IT is no longer considered a cost center, but rather a key driver for innovation. The DevOps movement of recent years has brought development and operations teams closer together, taking full advantage of cloud technologies, dev tools, and API services. As Agile practitioners at Avenue Code, we understand the link between these teams, and how best to coordinate the software development lifecycle with production release management to enable the continuous delivery of new features. Working with so many top retailers who deal with astronomical spikes in traffic, we understand the importance of site reliability engineering, and how best to prepare for any situation.

Infrastructure as Code

The rapid provisioning capabilities of the cloud have enabled operations teams to quickly spin up, scale, and spin down infrastructure resources on-demand. Because of this, it’s important to keep track of the state of all deployed resources so it lines up with the requirements of the applications. Configuration management tools are a useful way to declare the intended state of infrastructure, including the OS, dependent libraries, environment variables, and more. By declaring infrastructure as code, there is less likely to be surprises when running in production, and operations teams can more effectively manage their fleet of resources. Using tools like Chef, we build declarative recipes for repeatable, predictive infrastructure environments that is checked in as code for use and share.

CI/CD Pipelines

While often paired together, continuous integration and continuous delivery are different concepts that perform a specific set of tasks. They can be brought together by building event-driven pipelines, however, to enable developers to quickly push changes. For example, checking code into a GitHub repository can automatically trigger integration tests, the build of an artifact, infrastructure provisioning, and a production deployment without any human intervention. This level of automation requires careful consideration, and a solid understanding of the entire pipeline, though. We work closely with development and operations teams to hook the pieces together, with approval/rollback considerations along the way.

Container Orchestration

Container technologies have burst on the scene as a more effective runtime environment for cloud native applications than traditional virtualization due to the lightweight footprint, standard packaging, consistent portability, simple development and more. No real world application runs in a single container, however, introducing the need for tooling around scheduling, discovery, scaling, health checking, and more. A number of orchestration platforms have emerged to tackle these challenges through effective abstraction in much the same way PaaS does for 12-factor apps.


Expertise

Our team is skilled across the full spectrum of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS tools for developing and operating large scale cloud and on-prem infrastructure deployments.

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