i2k2 Networks: AWS CloudFormation
The cloud revolution has transformed the way businesses operate. Surprisingly, many IT organizations are still operating on conventional infrastructure and development models that are both time- and resource-intensive. The question is – what can such organizations do to mitigate the impediments of conventional models and enhance their agility?
To thrive in an increasingly dynamic and competitive business world, organizations need to ensure that the foundation of their systems and processes is adaptive and innovative and facilitates continuous communication. In a digital reality, CloudFormation is the remedy to enhance business operations, increase flexibility, and facilitate collaboration.
AWS CloudFormation is a service that gives developers and businesses an easy way to create a collection of related AWS and third-party resources, and provision and manages them in an orderly and predictable fashion. CloudFormation provides a common language for you to describe and provision all the infrastructure resources in your cloud environment.
CloudFormation majorly focuses on four concepts: A template is a JSON or YAML declarative code file that describes the intended state of all the resources you need to deploy on your application. A stack implements and manages the group of resources outlined in your template and allows the state and dependencies of those resources to be managed together. A change set is a preview of changes that will be executed by stack operations to create, update, or remove resources. A stack set is a group of stacks you manage together that can replicate a group.
Services Available in CloudFormation:
As you probably already know, Amazon offers a wide set of Cloud and global solutions worldwide, from computing and storage to the Internet of things and game development. You can see a complete list of Amazon services here.
Not all services are currently supported by CloudFormation, but Amazon is working on adding more and more resources to the common language. Currently, the supported resources are pretty good, so very different projects and requirements can be created using this service. On the official CloudFormation site, you can see the list of supported resources. The image below is a helpful way to imagine the currently available resources.
Case Studies: AWS CloudFormation
Below are some of the examples of i2k2 AWS CloudFormation planning and deployment strategy, and tailored solutions for complex requirements: