When getting started, using an Infrastructure as Code (Iac) tool might seem overkill, and something that will slow down development. Building and deploying manually is often the way to go early stage - infrastructure changes constantly and having to re-write your configuration can be a pointless exercise until you have a better understanding of the fundamental pieces of your infrastructure.
However, most infrastructures get to a point where manual deployments and resource definition start actually slowing you down. Manual deployments, having to create copies for each environment or having dozens of developers deploying changes to code/infrastructure - these are all things that can lead to mistakes, downtime or even loss of data.
In this blog post, we'll take a look at the current IaC landscape, current tools and how they compare against each other.