Quali has added a free tier of service to its Torque platform to automate infrastructure provisioning and application workload deployments.
In addition, the company has updated its Software as a Service (SaaS) platform to provide blueprints through which it offers tighter integration with Terraform, an open source Infrastructure-as-a-token (IaC) tool, along with support for custom tags to facilitate the creation of reports and dashboards that provide Greater view of infrastructure costs.
The goal of the free tier is to make the Torque platform more accessible to small teams of DevOps professionals and individual users, said Quali CEO Lior Coriatt. It includes the ability to create environments on Amazon Web Services (AWS) or the Microsoft Azure cloud as well as providing integration with a variety of DevOps tools and systems, and access to a sample schematic library. Support for the free tier is provided via the current community version of the platform.
Curiat said Torque is taking IaC a step further by enabling automatic deployment of entire application environments on top of infrastructure provided as code using schemas instead of low-level Terraform scripts. He added that the goal is to increase developer productivity by extending Terraform so that developers can rotate environments across multiple cloud computing platforms via self-service.
This approach also significantly reduces the chances of misconfiguration of the cloud platform, which Curyat has referred to as the bane of having cloud security professionals. Most developers lack the necessary cybersecurity expertise to ensure that cloud computing environments are properly configured. Curiat added that simplifying infrastructure provisioning is especially critical when developers use complex platforms such as Kubernetes.
At the same time, Quali’s Kouriat said that IT leaders want more insight into how cloud resources are being consumed as the number of workloads deployed in these environments steadily increases. Developers tend to not remember de-provisioning cloud resources when they are not needed, something that Kouriat noted is conspiring to unnecessarily increase cloud costs.
It is not yet clear how quickly DevOps teams may move away from relying on lower level tools towards automation frameworks accessed via the SaaS platform. However, as application environments become more complex, provisioning and managing IT environments has become more challenging — especially since many DevOps teams are still working from home to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
One way or another, the amount of time and effort involved in managing the IT infrastructure must be reduced. After all, while application environments are increasing in size and complexity, the number of people that make up the DevOps team remains largely the same. The need to rely more on automation frameworks has reached a tipping point that is becoming increasingly apparent to all concerned.
As more organizations start operating as software companies in the era of digital business transformation, it’s clear that the way IT was managed in the past is about to change radically. The problem now is to identify the automation framework that best lends itself to enabling DevOps teams to achieve this goal.