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Mastering Cloud Development using Microsoft Azure by Marco Parenzan, Roberto Freato

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Automating repetitive operations

In IT, automation is often the key to improving the overall efficiency of a process while reducing the surface area of recurring exceptions due to human errors. Despite the intensive use of PaaS, which can reduce the amount of configuration effort required to set up complex environments by design, the provisioning process (even for those advanced PaaS solutions) is probably still a manual one.

Try to think about this scenario:

  • CloudMakers.XYZ needs an HTTP proxy to simulate the web surfing activity coming in from the US despite the offices being located in Italy
  • The proxy is used a few hours per day and only during working hours (9 to 18 or 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. +1 UTC)
  • Luke says that it is a waste of money to keep the ...

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