Deployment Automation Basics: Implementing Consistent Deployments Across Environments
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Overview: IT organizations are finding it difficult to release applications to production servers (physical, virtual, or cloud) more quickly without adding more people and incurring additional risk. In a poll sponsored by UrbanCode, over 75% of respondents identified their software deployment process as "Entirely Manual," "Mostly Manual," or "Mostly Scripted."
This paper details the limitations of manual deployments and how to overcome them. Topics covered include:
• Why manual deployments are inherently slow and error prone
• Common failure patterns in manual deployments
• The benefits of deployment automation
• A checklist of key features an automated system should provide