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Configuration Management: Do You Really Need It?

If DevOps is about automation and smoothing the relation between different teams responsible for developing the same application, configuration management is one of its pillars. Wikipedia defines CM as a systems engineering process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product's performance, functional, and physical attributes with its requirements, design, and operational information throughout its life. Last week, I've been talking with someone who asked me some questions about CM and I was not able to introduce him to this topic, because I was diving deep into the complex use cases. I decided to write this post.

As you may understand, in this post, we are going to use a very basic example, a simple use case, probably not the use case you will find in large teams and corporations but consider it as an introductory example.