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AWS CloudFormation Feature Updates: Support for Amazon Athena and Coverage Updates for Amazon S3, Amazon RDS, Amazon Kinesis and Amazon CloudWatch

As one of the most widely-used services in AWS, CloudFormation continues to expand its feature set by including adding support for Amazon Athena, two new features to protect stacks and control rollback processes, plus several new coverage updates. CloudFormation now supports the creation of an Amazon Athena named query as a resource. Amazon Athena is a […]

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Configuring Serverless Applications Using AWS CloudFormation Custom Resources

AWS makes it easy for developers to get started developing applications in the cloud. With the extensive array of services available on AWS, developers might incorporate more than just a few components in their applications. Manually managing the resources needed for an application can become time consuming. In addition, applications usually require more than just […]

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Use AWS CloudFormation Stack Termination Protection and Rollback Triggers to Maintain Infrastructure Availability

Managing your infrastructure as code using AWS CloudFormation provides a consistent way to rapidly deliver AWS environments for your applications. As your pace of delivery increases, it’s important to ensure you have the appropriate guardrails to protect your most critical infrastructure resources. AWS CloudFormation now includes two additional tools to help you ensure the consistent […]

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Multi-Account Strategy: Using AWS CloudFormation Custom Resources to Create Amazon Route 53 Resources in Another Account

Today, most customers have more than one AWS account. While a multi-account strategy brings many benefits―simplified billing, security isolation, decentralized control, etc., it also introduces new challenges. One challenge is that the users in one account occasionally need to create resources in another. In this post, I will show you how to use a custom […]

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Supercharge Multi-Account Management with AWS CloudFormation

As your use of Amazon Web Services evolves, you will probably outgrow your first account, and need to move into a multi-account model. There are plenty of benefits to using more than one AWS account: An administrative boundary: I can choose how permissive or restrictive my policies are based on the account type. Separating user […]

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Monitor and Notify on AWS Account Root User Activity

Are you aware when someone uses your AWS account credentials to perform some activity? Are you notified in time? When you first create an AWS account, you begin only with a single sign-in identity that has complete access to all AWS services and resources in the account. This identity is called the root user and […]

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Monitor Changes and Auto-Enable Logging in AWS CloudTrail

AWS CloudTrail is a service that enables governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing of your AWS account. Hence, it’s crucial to monitor any changes to CloudTrail and make sure that logging is always enabled. With CloudTrail, you can log, continuously monitor, and retain events related to API calls across your AWS infrastructure. CloudTrail provides […]

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Keeping CloudWatch Dashboards up to date using AWS Lambda

With the launch of the new CloudWatch Dashboards API and CloudFormation support it is now easy to automate your CloudWatch Dashboards and make sure they monitor all the resources that you launched when creating your CloudFormation stacks. Let’s now see how you can use the new CloudWatch Dashboards API to dynamically update your dashboard as […]

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A Review of AWS CloudFormation Releases in 2016

AWS CloudFormation allows developers and systems administrators to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources (called a stack) by provisioning and updating them in an orderly and predictable way. In this blog post, we will look back on the CloudFormation features and updates introduced in 2016, including: New AWS resources you can provision […]

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