Introducing AWS CloudFormation

Posted on: Feb 25, 2011

We're excited to introduce AWS CloudFormation, a new service that gives developers and businesses an easy way to create a collection of AWS resources and provision them in an orderly and predictable fashion. You simply describe the AWS resources you need to run your application in a simple text file called a template and AWS CloudFormation takes care of provisioning those resources in the right sequence and taking into account any dependencies between resources. Once provisioned, you can see all of the AWS resources you need to run your application in a single view.

To get started, AWS CloudFormation comes with ready-to-run sample templates to deploy some common open source applications that illustrate how easy it is to get the infrastructure for an application up and running quickly. These include WordPress (blog), Tracks (project tracking), Gollum (wiki) plus a wide range of sample templates to cut and paste from to create your own templates. There’s a good chance that a ready-made template exists to cover what you want to do.

There is no additional charge for AWS CloudFormation. You pay only for the AWS resources needed to run your application. Please see the AWS CloudFormation detail page to learn more and get started today.