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Why Leverage?

The problem

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Figure: Why Leverage? The problem. (Source: Binbash, "Leverage Presentation: Why you should use Leverage?", accessed June 15th 2021).

Our solution

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Figure: Why Leverage? The solution. (Source: Binbash, "Leverage Presentation: Why you should use Leverage?", accessed June 15th 2021).

The problem & our solution intro video

Why Leverage for CIOs, CTOs and VPs of Engineering?

Accelerate development and optimize costs

Annual cost savings are a new standard and best practice. Profits are being targeted to business development, regulatory and compliance needs. Resulting in a reduction of pressure on IT and development budgets, granting the opportunity to focus in new features and boost innovation.

Modernize applications architecture (loosely coupled and modular)

Strategically decompose the monolith into a fine-grained, loosely coupled modular architecture to increase both development and business agility. When the system architecture is designed to allow teams to test, deploy and change systems without relying on other teams, they require little communication to get the job done. In other words, both the architecture and the teams are loosely coupled.

Innovation - Rapidly adopt new technologies and reduce development time:

Use Leverage Reference Architecture and for AWS + our libraries to provide a collection of cloud application architecture components to build and deploy faster in the cloud. Building a cloud Landing Zone is complex, especially since most companies have little or no expertise in this area. And it can take a significant amount of time to get it right. Leverage a reference architecture to give you an AWS Landing Zone that provides a consistent and solid "foundations" to bootstrap your project in the cloud. The code solution implements the best AWS Well-Architected Framework practices as well as the battle-tested tech experience and years of knowledge of our contributors.

Hours or days, not weeks or months

Leverage implements infrastructure as code at all times. We have rolled this out using Terraform, and has been fully proven in AWS and other Terraform providers that are part of our reference architecture like Kubernetes, Helm and Hashicorp Vault. By using the leverage cli, our binary will help you to quickly bootstrap your AWS Landing Zone in a matter of hours (or at most a few days).

It's not just a pile of scripts

It's not just another layer of untested, one time and stand-alone developed scripts. The code is modularized and well designed under best practices, our leverage cli has both unit and integration tests. While our Terraform code has been extensively E2E tested. Moreover, 100% of the code is yours (to modify, extend, reuse, etc), with no vendor locking and vendor licensing fees. We use the MIT license, so you can take the code, modify it and use it as your private code. All we ask in return is a friendly greeting and that (if possible) consider contributing to Binbash Leverage project. Implement Leverage yourself or we can deploy it for you!

DevOps culture and methodologies

Team agility and continuous improvements based on feedback loops are some of the main drivers of cloud adoption, and IAC's goal of reducing the frequency of deployment of both infrastructure and applications are some of the most important aspects of DevOps practices. We continue to apply these methodologies to achieve a DevOps first culture. We have experienced and demonstrated their potential and have practiced them in dozens of projects over the past 5 years. The Leverage reference architecture for AWS combines a set of application best practices, technology patterns and a common CI/CD deployment approach through leverage cli for all your application environments. As a result, we are pursuing a world-class software delivery performance through optimized collaboration, communication, reliability, stability, scalability and security at ever-decreasing cost and effort.

Repeatable, composable and extensible immutable infrastructure

The best high-performance development teams create and recreate their development and production environments using infrastructure as code (IaC) as part of their daily development processes. The leverage cli allows to build repeatable and immutable infrastructure. So your cloud development, staging and production environments will consistently be the same.

Why Leverage for DevOps Engineers, Cloud Architects and Software Engineers?

Provisioning infrastructure as code (Iac)

Instead of manually provisioning infrastructure, the real benefits of cloud adoption come from orchestrating infrastructure through code. However, this is really challenging to achieve, there are literally thousands of tiny things and configs to consider and they all seem to take forever. Our experience is that it can take teams up to 24 months to achieve a desired infra state in AWS. By using Leverage you could get your AWS Landing-Zone in few weeks, or your entire AWS Well-Architected based cloud solution within 1 to 3 months (depending on your project complexity needs).

We've done it before (don't reinvent the wheel)

Often, development teams have similar and recurring requests such as: iam, networking, security, storage, databases, compute and secret management, etc. Binbash Leverage has been proven in dozen of project to create software-defined (IaC) AWS environments.

Best practices baked in the code

Leverage provides IaC reference architecture for AWS hosted applications infrastructure. This is baked into the code as a combination of the best AWS Well-Architected framework practices and the experience of having successfully orchestrated many customers to AWS cloud.

On-demand infra deployment

Leverage provides your DevOps, Cloud, SRE and Development teams with the ability to provision on-demand infrastructure, granting that it will meet the rigorous security requirements of modern cloud native best practices. It fully implements AWS Well-Architected Framework (WAF) and best DevOps practices, including practices, including collaboration, version control, CI/CD, continuous testing, cloud infrastructure and losely couple architectures.

Easier to support and maintain

Leverage IaC approach significantly reduce your AWS infra deployment, config and support burden and reduce risk. Our code backed provisioning has been rigorously tested many times, eliminating the possibility of manual errors. Because the entire infrastructure is deployed from the same proven code, the consistency your cloud environments will simplify your setup and maintenance. Use the versioned code to iterate and improve, extend or compose your internal processes as your cloud operating model evolves.

There is no vendor lock-in. You own the solution

With Leverage you own 100% of the code with no lock-in clauses. If you choose to leave Leverage, you will still have your entire AWS cloud infrastructure that you can access and manage. If you drop Leverage, you will still have your entire cloud native infrastructure code (Terraform, Helm, Ansible, Python). It’s 100% Open Source on GitHub and is free to use with no strings attached under MIT license (no licensing fees), and you are free to commercially and privately use, distribute and modify.

Consistent environments (Dev/prod parity)

Keep development, staging, and production cloud envs parity. Infrastructure as code allow us to define and provisioning all infrastructure components (think networks, load balancers, databases, security, compute and storage, etc.) using code. Leverage uses Terraform as the IaC language, to deploy and setup all the AWS, Kubernetes and Hashicorp Vault resources (it has support for multiple cloud and technology providers). Backed by code, your cloud environments are built exactly the identical way all the time. Finally, this will result in no differences between development, staging and production.

Development in production like envs

IaC allows your development team to deploy and test the AWS infrastructure as if it were application code. Your development is always done in production-like environments. Provision your cloud test and sandbox environments on demand and tear them down when all your testing is complete. Leverage takes all the pain out of maintaining production-like environments, with stable infra releases. It eliminates the unpredictability of wondering if what actually worked in your development envs will work in production.