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AWS CloudFormation Pros and Cons

AWS CloudFormation Pros

AB
Infrastructure - Presales & Solution Consultant at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
There is a cost-benefit to using CloudFormation that comes about because of the automation that it provides.
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DD
Principal with 51-200 employees
The nested stacks would be one of the more valuable features.
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OB
Cloud Site Reliability Engineer and SecOps Lead at a wellness & fitness company with 51-200 employees
Its ability to treat infrastructure's code is valuable. It makes things automatable and reproducible.
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SA
Multi-Cloud Consulting at a construction company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The integration of the solution is very good.
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AWS CloudFormation Cons

AB
Infrastructure - Presales & Solution Consultant at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
This tool is not intuitive and there are others that are easier to understand.
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DD
Principal with 51-200 employees
As soon as they manage to parametrize the whole thing and to implement parameters at all levels, it will become automatically a lot more flexible.
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OB
Cloud Site Reliability Engineer and SecOps Lead at a wellness & fitness company with 51-200 employees
CloudFormation is not particularly good at handling cross-account dynamic references. If you try to refer to an object that CloudFormation has created in a separate AWS account, it tends to fall apart. That's because it is a byproduct of the multi-tenant configuration. This is the most glaring shortcoming in my perspective because you can't dynamically reference objects in other accounts that CloudFormation has created, but it is not a shortcoming that you can't overcome. This is the only pain point that I've come across that didn't have a workaround natively. Sometimes the confirmation is slow, and it could be faster. The downside to CloudFormation when you're fully embracing it is that the AWS services do not get released immediately fully CloudFormation enabled. If you need to use the latest AWS service that just got announced or reinvented, you're not going to be able to continue with CloudFormation for the first X number of months. This is because they develop the products separately, and then they hand it to the CloudFormation team, which later on develops a CloudFormation integration. So, if you need to be on the newest thing AWS has, CloudFormation is often going to be a constraint that prevents you from doing that.
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SA
Multi-Cloud Consulting at a construction company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The solution needs to offer better support to other cloud vendors.
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Learn what your peers think about AWS CloudFormation. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: October 2021.
541,108 professionals have used our research since 2012.