AWS CloudFormation vs Concourse: What are the differences?
Developers describe AWS CloudFormation as "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. On the other hand, Concourse is detailed as "Pipeline-based CI system written in Go". Concourse's principles reduce the risk of switching to and from Concourse, by encouraging practices that decouple your project from your CI's little details, and keeping all configuration in declarative files that can be checked into version control.
AWS CloudFormation belongs to "Infrastructure Build Tools" category of the tech stack, while Concourse can be primarily classified under "Continuous Integration".
"Automates infrastructure deployments" is the top reason why over 36 developers like AWS CloudFormation, while over 8 developers mention "Real pipelines" as the leading cause for choosing Concourse.
Concourse is an open source tool with 3.99K GitHub stars and 482 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Concourse's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, AWS CloudFormation has a broader approval, being mentioned in 197 company stacks & 77 developers stacks; compared to Concourse, which is listed in 18 company stacks and 17 developer stacks.
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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.
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.
Manage infrastructure as codes. Native AWS solution so it has better support to AWS resources than Terraform, also can leverage AWS Business Support.