Unleashing Operational Efficiency: Treating Infrastructure as Software

Do you find yourself consistently grappling with missed deadlines, environment disparities, and a lingering lack of trust in your team’s ability to deliver reliable infrastructure? If so, it might be time to rethink how your company views infrastructure. It’s not just a technological entity; it’s a software problem waiting to be solved.

Shifting Perspectives: Infrastructure as a Software Issue

If you think infrastructure is solely about hardware and not a software concern, you might be overlooking a critical aspect of successful project delivery. Infrastructure as a software problem means recognizing the parallels with application software, understanding that both require meticulous planning, coding, and testing for seamless functionality.

The Myth of Infrastructure as Code

Merely adopting Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t guarantee a holistic approach to infrastructure management. If your leadership team isn’t fully embracing the idea of infrastructure as a software issue, you’re likely to encounter familiar challenges: persistent delays, discrepancies between environments, and doubts about the team’s ability to provide consistent infrastructure.

Building Blocks of Success: Aligning Software and Infrastructure Teams

For true success in future projects, it’s crucial to convince your leadership team that infrastructure is more than just a technological puzzle; it’s a software challenge that demands attention. Engineers across infrastructure, SRE, DevOps, and platform teams should advocate for the integration of software principles into infrastructure management.

Transformative Outcomes: Embracing Infrastructure as Software

Once you make the paradigm shift and recognize infrastructure as a software problem, you’ll witness transformative changes:

1. Operational Efficiency Boost

Collaboration between software and infrastructure engineers becomes more seamless, paving the way for enhanced operational efficiency. Breaking down silos allows for effective issue resolution, eliminating roadblocks and fostering a more collaborative working environment.

2. Rapid Adaptation to Changes

The agility to swiftly respond to new environments and changing requirements becomes a hallmark of your team. Adapting to evolving project needs is no longer a cumbersome process, leading to quicker resolutions and increased adaptability.

3. Consistency Across Environments

With a software-oriented approach to infrastructure, the transition between different environments becomes smoother. This not only improves the efficiency of development teams but also instills trust among project managers, who witness a higher level of consistency and reliability.

4. Elimination of Distractions

Waiting for new infrastructure to support project changes becomes a thing of the past. The software-centric mindset reduces distractions related to infrastructure delays, allowing your team to focus on delivering value without unnecessary interruptions.

5. Accelerated Time to Market

By treating infrastructure as a software problem, issues are identified earlier in the development process (shifting left). This results in a faster time to market or increased velocity, as problems are addressed proactively, minimizing setbacks during later stages.


In conclusion, making the strategic shift to view infrastructure as a software problem brings numerous benefits, from operational efficiency to accelerated project delivery. Embrace this approach, and watch your team unlock its full potential in navigating the complex landscape of modern software development.

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David Hinkle is an engineering leader with a passion for improving team efficiency and providing process improvement to many teams. This passion is continued outside of work where David spends time tinkering and automating.

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