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Atlas vs AWS CloudFormation: What are the differences?

Atlas: Develop, deploy, and maintain your application anywhere. Use one console and one workflow from development to production. Atlas is one foundation to manage and provide visibility to your servers, containers, VMs, configuration management, service discovery, and additional operations services; AWS CloudFormation: Create and manage a collection of related AWS resources. You can use AWS CloudFormation鈥檚 sample templates or create your own templates to describe the AWS resources, and any associated dependencies or runtime parameters, required to run your application. You don鈥檛 need to figure out the order in which AWS services need to be provisioned or the subtleties of how to make those dependencies work.

Atlas and AWS CloudFormation can be categorized as "Infrastructure Build" tools.

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What is Atlas?

Atlas is one foundation to manage and provide visibility to your servers, containers, VMs, configuration management, service discovery, and additional operations services.

What is AWS CloudFormation?

You can use AWS CloudFormation鈥檚 sample templates or create your own templates to describe the AWS resources, and any associated dependencies or runtime parameters, required to run your application. You don鈥檛 need to figure out the order in which AWS services need to be provisioned or the subtleties of how to make those dependencies work.
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        What are some alternatives to Atlas and AWS CloudFormation?
        Terraform
        With Terraform, you describe your complete infrastructure as code, even as it spans multiple service providers. Your servers may come from AWS, your DNS may come from CloudFlare, and your database may come from Heroku. Terraform will build all these resources across all these providers in parallel.
        Packer
        Packer automates the creation of any type of machine image. It embraces modern configuration management by encouraging you to use automated scripts to install and configure the software within your Packer-made images.
        GeoEngineer
        GeoEngineer uses Terraform to plan and execute changes, so the DSL to describe resources is similar to Terraform's. GeoEngineer's DSL also provides programming and object oriented features like inheritance, abstraction, branching and looping.
        Pulumi
        Pulumi is a cloud development platform that makes creating cloud programs easy and productive. Skip the YAML and just write code. Pulumi is multi-language, multi-cloud and fully extensible in both its engine and ecosystem of packages.
        Habitat
        Habitat is a new approach to automation that focuses on the application instead of the infrastructure it runs on. With Habitat, the apps you build, deploy, and manage behave consistently in any runtime鈥夆斺塵etal, VMs, containers, and PaaS. You'll spend less time on the environment and more time building features.
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        Decisions about Atlas and AWS CloudFormation
        Joseph Kunzler
        Joseph Kunzler
        DevOps Engineer at Tillable | 9 upvotes 31.1K views
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        AWS CloudFormation
        AWS CloudFormation
        AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
        AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
        Amazon EC2
        Amazon EC2
        Amazon S3
        Amazon S3
        Terraform
        Terraform

        We use Terraform because we needed a way to automate the process of building and deploying feature branches. We wanted to hide the complexity such that when a dev creates a PR, it triggers a build and deployment without the dev having to worry about any of the 'plumbing' going on behind the scenes. Terraform allows us to automate the process of provisioning DNS records, Amazon S3 buckets, Amazon EC2 instances and AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)'s. It also makes it easy to tear it all down when finished. We also like that it supports multiple clouds, which is why we chose to use it over AWS CloudFormation.

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        AWS CloudFormation
        AWS CloudFormation
        Google Cloud Deployment Manager
        Google Cloud Deployment Manager
        Terraform
        Terraform

        I use Terraform because it hits the level of abstraction pocket of being high-level and flexible, and is agnostic to cloud platforms. Creating complex infrastructure components for a solution with a UI console is tedious to repeat. Using low-level APIs are usually specific to cloud platforms, and you still have to build your own tooling for deploying, state management, and destroying infrastructure.

        However, Terraform is usually slower to implement new services compared to cloud-specific APIs. It's worth the trade-off though, especially if you're multi-cloud. I heard someone say, "We want to preference a cloud, not lock in to one." Terraform builds on that claim.

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        How developers use Atlas and AWS CloudFormation
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        CloudRepo uses AWS CloudFormationAWS CloudFormation

        Manually clicking around the AWS UI or scripting AWS CLI calls can be both a slow and brittle process.

        We needed to be able to reconstruct CloudRepo's infrastructure in case of disaster or moving to another AWS Region.

        Setting up our infrastructure with CloudFormation allows us to update it easily as well as duplicate or recreate things when the need arises.

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        Opstax Ltd uses AWS CloudFormationAWS CloudFormation

        Opstax uses CloudFormation for anything infrastructure related! CloudFormation allows us to use infrastructure-as-code as a constant blueprint/map of our environment. It means we can accurately and efficiently deploy replicated or new infrastructure with no time wasted clicking around and no human error.

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        Flux Work uses AWS CloudFormationAWS CloudFormation

        Manage infrastructure as codes. Native AWS solution so it has better support to AWS resources than Terraform, also can leverage AWS Business Support.

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        Endource uses AWS CloudFormationAWS CloudFormation

        Manages the infrastructure for core website

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        Patty R uses AWS CloudFormationAWS CloudFormation

        Deploys and maintains the infrastructure.

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