Managing IT infrastructure is not only complex and labour intensive, it’s also costly. At each stage of the process, engineers, maintenance technicians and others have to be available to perform essential tasks. Organisations need to be able to meet the salary needs of these experts. On top of that, ensuring proper coordination and resource deployment demands necessitates increased management costs.
Monitoring and visibility issues are likewise potential problems in traditional configuration. Traditional infrastructure configuration relies on multiple individuals or teams, creating inconsistency and often making monitoring and performance optimisation extremely difficult. That inconsistency can also lead to problems of misconfiguration where an incorrect parameter is used which can result in potentially serious consequences. Misconfiguration has been blamed for many high-profile outages of systems that affect many people.
Finally, because manual configuration depends on system administrators to set up new servers, it responds slowly to increased demand. As need for resources spikes, manual configuration can prevent effective scaling and make it difficult for businesses to handle the increased load. And, without available back-up servers, then application availability suffers.