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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’s 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’t 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’s 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’t 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.
        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 — metal, VMs, containers, and PaaS. You'll spend less time on the environment and more time building features.
        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.
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        How developers use Atlas and AWS CloudFormation
        Avatar of CloudRepo
        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.

        Avatar of Flux Work
        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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