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Storage Admins Aren’t Ready for Infrastructure as Code

Storage has historically not been compatible with modern infrastructure as code concepts, so today’s administrators probably aren’t ready for this change. In this episode of the On-Premise IT podcast, sponsored by Pure Storage, Larry Smith and Jim Czuprynski discuss the evolution of storage with Anthony Lai-Ferrario of Pure Storage and Stephen Foskett of Gestalt IT. Moving storage forward requires process and organizational changes as well as the application of new technologies. But of course an evolution to storage as code also requires technical changes like the creation of complete APIs and integration with modern frameworks. What can today’s storage admins do to get ready? Start looking at storage as a service to be provisioned and matched to an SLA, embrace public cloud concepts and technologies, and try to script and automate every component of the infrastructure stack. Anthony recommends starting with the interfaces supported by your storage solution, then pick a tool that allows you to start working, and finally put scripts and tools into version control. This helps bridge the gap between manual configuration and infrastructure as code.

On-Premises for Today’s Roundtable:


Jim Czuprynski

Larry Smith Jr.

Pure Storage Panelist

Anthony Lai-Ferrario, Product Manager for APIs and Developer Experience. Connect with Anthony on LinkedIn.


Stephen Foskett



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About the author

Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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