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What are the main benefits of AWS CloudFormation?

[fa icon="calendar"] 16/10/17 09:10 by Editorial Team

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Amazon Web Services CloudFormation platform provides its customers tools they require for creating and managing infrastructure that a specific software application needs to function on the platform. 

You may use sample templates or make templates of your own to elaborate on the platform's resources, along with any connected runtime parameters or contingencies needed for running your application. You need not determine the order to provision the platform's services or subtleties to make the contingencies function. CloudFormation takes up the responsibility.
After deploying applicable resources, you may alter and apprise them in a predictable and controlled manner. As a result, version control would get applied to Amazon Web Services infrastructure, similar to how things get done with software. Also, you could visualise the templates as illustrations and modify them with Amazon Web Services CloudFormation Designer’s drag-and-drop UI.

Features & Benefits of AWS CloudFormation

Support for Different Resources 

AWS CF assists a smorgasbord of resources, which lets you make a highly reliable, available, and scalable or upgradeable AWS infrastructure to cater to your specific application requirements. 

Easy to Use

With CloudFormation, it’s easy to classify and station a suite of the secure platform's resources. It allows you to describe any contingencies or special yardsticks to pass in during runtime. You may employ any of the several CloudFormation sample templates verbatim or as a beginning point.

Flexible and Declarative

To erect the infrastructure you require, you list out the platform's resources, interconnections, and configuration values you want the template to have and then permit CloudFormation to take care of the rest with some basic clicks in the console.
You need not recall details pertaining creation and interconnection of respective resources through the service APIs since AWS CF takes care of it on your behalf. Also, you do not have to create a template from nothing if you incorporate one of the several sample templates offered.

Customisation through Parameters

You may use parameters for customising specific template aspects at run time. For instance, you could pass the Amazon EC2 instance types, Amazon EBS volume size, RDS database size, server port numbers, and database to the platform when creating a stack.
Also, you could utilise a parameterised template for creating multiple stacks that could vary in a steered manner. For instance, your alarm thresholds for Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS instance variants, and read-replica settings relating to Amazon RDS could vary if you get additional user traffic in America compared to Europe.
You could use template criterion to individually tune thresholds and settings in different regions and still make sure the application is consistently deployed across regions. 

Drag-and-Drop UI to Visualise and Edit

AWS CloudFormation Designer offers a template diagram with icons denoting the Amazon platform's resources and arrow signs indicating relationships. You could create and modify templates using the interface and then alter template details with the help of the inbuilt JSON text editor.
Also, CloudFormation Designer lets you spend extra time on infrastructure design and little time on manual coding of templates. 

Ready for Integration

You could amalgamate AWS CloudFormation and the management and development tools you like. CloudFormation publishes events of advancements via Amazon SNS (Simple Notification Service). Using SNS, you may keep track of stack builds and deletion improvements through email and programmatically merge them with other processes.

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