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AWS CloudFormation vs Apache Tomcat: What are the differences?

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; Apache Tomcat: An open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies. Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.

AWS CloudFormation and Apache Tomcat are primarily classified as "Infrastructure Build" and "Web Servers" tools respectively.

"Automates infrastructure deployments" is the primary reason why developers consider AWS CloudFormation over the competitors, whereas "Easy" was stated as the key factor in picking Apache Tomcat.

Apache Tomcat is an open source tool with 3.44K GitHub stars and 2.36K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Apache Tomcat's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Apache Tomcat has a broader approval, being mentioned in 562 company stacks & 419 developers stacks; compared to AWS CloudFormation, which is listed in 195 company stacks and 75 developer stacks.

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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.

What is Apache Tomcat?

Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
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    What are some alternatives to AWS CloudFormation and Apache Tomcat?
    AWS CodeDeploy
    AWS CodeDeploy is a service that automates code deployments to Amazon EC2 instances. AWS CodeDeploy makes it easier for you to rapidly release new features, helps you avoid downtime during deployment, and handles the complexity of updating your applications.
    Chef
    Chef enables you to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions. Freely move applications and configurations from one cloud to another. Chef is integrated with all major cloud providers including Amazon EC2, VMWare, IBM Smartcloud, Rackspace, OpenStack, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Joyent Cloud and others.
    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.
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    Once you upload your application, Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.
    AWS Config
    AWS Config is a fully managed service that provides you with an AWS resource inventory, configuration history, and configuration change notifications to enable security and governance. With AWS Config you can discover existing AWS resources, export a complete inventory of your AWS resources with all configuration details, and determine how a resource was configured at any point in time. These capabilities enable compliance auditing, security analysis, resource change tracking, and troubleshooting.
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    Decisions about AWS CloudFormation and Apache Tomcat
    Joseph Kunzler
    Joseph Kunzler
    DevOps Engineer at Tillable | 9 upvotes 31K 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
    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 AWS CloudFormation and Apache Tomcat
    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.

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    Promethean TV uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

    Apache Tomcat is part of the open source Ant Media Server platform that currently provides both LIVE and VOD video trans-coding and delivery features for the Promethean Platform.

    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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    Kingsley Victor uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

    I use Tomcat to run Java enterprise web apps. Used to test enterprise applications mostly written using the Spring framework

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    Cian 脫 Cuinneag谩in uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

    Use this as the application server running on our production and development environment. Hosted on AWS.

    Avatar of The Independent
    The Independent uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

    Tomcat provides a fantastic application container that runs the majority of services of the site.

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    simpleshow GmbH uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

    Apache Tomcat is being used as our application server for spring-based backend applications.

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    Endource uses AWS CloudFormationAWS CloudFormation

    Manages the infrastructure for core website

    Avatar of Patty R
    Patty R uses AWS CloudFormationAWS CloudFormation

    Deploys and maintains the infrastructure.

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