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The Virtues of YAML CloudFormation and Using CloudFormation Designer to Convert JSON to YAML

AWS CloudFormation provides the framework to define infrastructure-as-code in AWS and, until last year, this could only be written in JSON. However, in 2016, AWS added YAML 1.1 support for CloudFormation. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of using YAML over JSON, as well as how to overcome some of the challenges […]

AWS CloudFormation Guardrails: Protecting your Stacks and Ensuring Safer Updates

“I wonder what will happen if I touch these two wires together.” – Unix fortune If you’ve worked with cloud-hosted applications or large distributed architectures for any extended period of time, chances are you’ve heard colleagues invoke Murphy’s law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. All of us have experienced one of those events in the […]

Your AWS CloudFormation Guide to re:Invent 2017  

There are only five weeks left until re:Invent 2017. As in years past, AWS CloudFormation will be there, both behind the scenes deploying infrastructure and front-and-center for break-out sessions, workshops, and developer chats. Here are a few highlights we’ve pulled from the session catalog, followed by the full list of CloudFormation-focused sessions and workshops to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to track configuration changes to CloudFormation stacks using AWS Config

Recently, AWS Config announced support for AWS CloudFormation stacks. You can now start tracking the current and historical configuration of your CloudFormation stacks, and get notified via Amazon SNS when your stack configuration changes. You can also use a managed AWS Config rule to check whether your CloudFormation stacks are sending event notifications to an […]

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 […]