How do you or your organization use this solution?
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CloudFormation drives most of our AWS configuration. It is the configuration engine for our whole footprint. Literally, everything that we configure in AWS is configured in CloudFormation. We are using its latest version.
We use it for deploying all the Infrastructure: VPCs, EC2 instances, storage solutions, most managed services. Providing IAM configuration, providing group account configurations, role management within IAM. CloudFormation is THE Infrastructure as Code (IaC) solution AWS recommends. Almost everything should, according to AWS, be automated and managed using CloudFormation - whenever possible. Within our organization, mostly the DevOps engineers use AWS CloudFormation — around 42 of them.
We primarily use the solution for creating automated blueprints for deploying machines, infrastructure as a service, and platform as a service.
We are a computer consulting company and AWS CloudFormation is one of the solutions that we provide to our customers. CloudFormation is definitely an integral part of AWS Native solutions. It is used for setting up your environment, such as your DNS structure. If something happens in your current environment, such as a disaster, then you can bring up the environment in another region by using the CloudFormation template. Essentially, it is a tool that is used for automating cloud deployment.
Are there any significant advantages in addition to using IaC tools for automation? What tools are the top leaders in this category?