This article is meant for CEOs, CTOs, and Managers. The goal is to give a better understanding of what CloudFormation is and why it should be used for every AWS project, by answering a common question clients have: Why spend time making a CloudFormation file?
A CloudFormation file is nothing more than a text file with the text formatted as JSON.
Within this JSON file, you are able to describe what type of resources you’d like AWS to create for you, as if you clicked them through the AWS Console.
Because everything is laid out as JSON format, when you upload this file, you get exactly what you’ve described.
Another benefit that’s hard to see in the beginning, is that as you become more comfortable with CloudFormation files you will start to like this way of working in the cloud.
After you’ve done one file (which takes some time at first), the next time you make a new project based on a similar cloud structure it will take just hours or a few days, instead of weeks or months.
You can just copy and past what you need from your completed file. The best thing is that once a file like this is created and tested, you know it works – now and in the future. And, even if AWS makes some changes, modifications to the file will be minor and easy to do.
It takes time and money to get the hang of it, but once you do you’ll have a nice foundation to build upon and extend.
I hope that you now understand the benefits of using CloudFormation files and that this AWS Service will help you streamline your DevOps work flow.
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