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AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to model and provision AWS and third party application resources in your cloud environment. AWS CloudFormation allows you to use programming languages or a simple text file to model and provision, in an automated and secure manner, all the resources needed for your applications across all regions and accounts. This gives you a single source of truth for your AWS and third party resources.
AWS OpsWorks is a configuration management service that provides managed instances of Chef and Puppet. Chef and Puppet are automation platforms that allow you to use code to automate the configurations of your servers. OpsWorks lets you use Chef and Puppet to automate how servers are configured, deployed, and managed across your Amazon EC2 instances or on-premises compute environments. OpsWorks has three offerings, AWS Opsworks for Chef Automate, AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise, and AWS OpsWorks Stacks.
AWS CloudFormation is ranked 14th in Configuration Management with 4 reviews while AWS OpsWorks is ranked 18th in Configuration Management. AWS CloudFormation is rated 7.2, while AWS OpsWorks is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of AWS CloudFormation writes "Templates help to get started quickly and the technical support is nice, but the interface is not intuitive". On the other hand, AWS CloudFormation is most compared with Ansible, CFEngine Enterprise, SaltStack and Chef, whereas AWS OpsWorks is most compared with AWS Systems Manager, Ansible and AWS Config.
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