Stage 2

Self-service infrastructure

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Developers love creating apps and seeing them come to life. But one of the drawbacks of a traditional, infrastructure-focused environment is that developers lose a sense of what their code is doing. Release cycles are long and changes are slow. And because of that prolonged lead time, developers risk losing the joy of creating apps and seeing them work in the real world.

How do you remedy this? You give developers access to the resources necessary to get the job done. And doing so requires a self-service infrastructure.

2,555x faster lead times with DevOps and self-service1

Reignite the joy of coding

Developers shouldn’t be forced to wait days for a computing resource. With an elastic, self-service infrastructure, developers have the freedom to request and receive an instance according to exact specifications almost immediately. In some organizations, this can take the lead time for new instances down from days to minutes. But how do you go about setting up this kind of infrastructure? Fortunately, that’s something Red Hat can help with.

Success Story


Red Hat technology has helped us to work in a more efficient way, with speed and agility as the biggest outcomes.

Luis Uguina, Chief Digital Officer, Macquarie’s Banking and Financial Services Group

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One Red Hat® customer introduced a self-service catalog so that developers could rapidly request virtual systems. The customer lowered the time to get a requested system from 5 days to about 15 minutes—and changed the process from manual to automatic.2

Requested virtual systems reduced from 5 days to 15 minutes

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An on-demand, elastic infrastructure is the technical counterpart to DevOps. Empowered by both, developers create faster, iterate quicker, and have the satisfaction of seeing their apps come to life.

You can learn more about building a self-service infrastructure by downloading the “Teaching an elephant to dance” e-book.

With developers creating and iterating faster through DevOps and a self-service infrastructure, you’re all set for stage 3: Automation.

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Burr Sutter

Product Management Director, Developer Products, Red Hat

Sutter creates middleware developer solutions for Red Hat clients. He's currently an Oracle Java Champion, and he's a founder of the Atlanta chapter of the IASA. A tech educator with 20+ years of experience, Sutter has spoken at numerous industry events around the globe.

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"Teaching an elephant to dance"

  • 1 Kim, Gene, et al. “State of DevOps Report.” Puppet, 2016,
  • 2 "Red Hat Virtualization Increases Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness.” Forrester Total Economic Impact Study, 26 Jan. 2017,