Mastering AWS CloudFormation

By Karen Tovmasyan
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    Section 1: CloudFormation Internals
About this book

DevOps and the cloud revolution have forced software engineers and operations teams to rethink how to manage infrastructures. With this AWS book, you'll understand how you can use Infrastructure as Code (IaC) to simplify IT operations and manage the modern cloud infrastructure effectively with AWS CloudFormation.

This comprehensive guide will help you explore AWS CloudFormation from template structures through to developing complex and reusable infrastructure stacks. You'll then delve into validating templates, deploying stacks, and handling deployment failures. The book will also show you how to leverage AWS CodeBuild and CodePipeline to automate resource delivery and apply continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) practices to the stack. As you advance, you'll learn how to generate templates on the fly using macros and create resources outside AWS with custom resources. Finally, you'll improve the way you manage the modern cloud in AWS by extending CloudFormation using AWS serverless application model (SAM) and AWS cloud development kit (CDK).

By the end of this book, you'll have mastered all the major AWS CloudFormation concepts and be able to simplify infrastructure management.

Publication date:
May 2020


Section 1: CloudFormation Internals

In our first section, we will do a small refresher on CloudFormation. Later, we will dive deep into its core component – a template – and learn how to write universal, redundant, and reusable templates.

This section comprises the following chapters:

About the Author
  • Karen Tovmasyan

    Karen Tovmasyan started his career journey when he was still a student at university. His first job – at one of Renault's factories in Russia – welcomed him and he spent his first year there in IT support, later joining the TechProjects team and having his first servers to manage, which was his first big migration project. A few years later, he joined a SaaS company as a DevOps engineer and in 2016, he moved to the Netherlands. He holds three AWS certifications and is an active member of the Russian-speaking AWS community, helping its members to embrace cloud adoption and make the most of AWS. He gives public talks at conferences and writes content for two personal blogs, on Medium and Telegram.

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