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What is AWS CloudFormation

by Logan Rivenes on December 01, 2016
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What is AWS CloudFormation

The AWS ecosystem is creating a new way for businesses to build and deploy applications.

Whether already running on Amazon Web Services (AWS), or Bare Metal thinking of incorporating AWS, the scalability of cloud infrastructure is powerful.

AWS is the market leader and provides tools to make working on cloud infrastructure simpler. Providing a platform to run infrastructure as code and bring the DevOps movement. Automation has never been easier for operations.

What makes this possible is AWS CloudFormation. We are going to discuss CloudFormation and how it can help your team.

What is AWS CloudFormation?

AWS CloudFormation makes creating your AWS infrastructure easy. The premise behind AWS CloudFormation is infrastructure as code. Managing your infrastructure remotely with easy scalability and replicating your AWS stack.

CloudFormation takes the previous, manual, process of writing individual scripts to code templates. You can now build your AWS infrastructure with templates. Templates either created by you or the
 sample templates from AWS. All templates are a JSON file, which you upload into your AWS Management Console.


Then, once you create your infrastructure stack, CloudFormation will version control. Keeping record as your infrastructure grows.

A great resource from AWS is their AWS CloudFormation Introduction.

Within your infrastructure, you can to create virtual private clouds (VPCs), subnets, and AWS instances. You can then allocate your elastic IPs for any network configurations you need.

CloudFormation is a free service from AWS. You only pay for the services you use within CloudFormation. Setting up your infrastructure with CloudFormation can make incorporating a content delivery network, web accelerator, or network optimizer easier.

But, what was life like before CloudFormation?

Life Before AWS CloudFormation

For IT professionals, before AWS, life was manual. Development, operations, and networking. DevOps has made automation and scalability possible. Infrastructure as code being the core element.

Before CloudFormation, building your AWS infrastructure was a manual process. Infrastructure was coded with Runbooks and scripts. This helped manage routine tasks. Unfortunately, there was still the time to build scripts and the potential for mistakes.


CloudFormation was not launched on AWS until 2011. This meant the AWS world was manual from 2006 when AWS launched. Some legacy AWS customers run a manual setup. Running DevOps can make automation possible.

With infrastructure as code and software defined networking, networking can now implement automation. With NetDevOps and technological advancements, network automation is now possible.

AWS CloudFormation Resources

There are many AWS CloudFormation resources available. Some of the resources we like are:

These will get you started on your implementation of AWS CloudFormation.

Using Datapath.io with AWS CloudFormation

CloudFormation can help with running CDNs, dynamic web accelerators, and network optimization tools.

The reason is the ease of reconfiguring your infrastructure and replicating your environment.

This is exactly the case with Datapath.io. When incorporating the new Datapath.io console to your AWS account, the instances you have in your AWS infrastructure are just an on/off selection. Also, with the launch in the AWS Marketplace, this means one-click network optimization.


Running a CloudFormation environment makes this process simple and efficient. The goal of DevOps.

AWS CloudFormation is a useful tool for running AWS and a DevOps environment. Designing your infrastructure around automation, replication, and scalability makes life easy.

It is the DevOps movement.


To learn more about AWS network performance, you can download the AWS Network Optimization Whitepaper.

Download the AWS  Network Optimization Whitepaper


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