Amazon CloudWatch and CloudTrail can be very easy to confuse with these two services. CloudWatch mainly monitors performance, whereas CloudTrail mainly monitors actions in your AWS environment. In this blog, we will cover everything you need to know about Amazon CloudWatch and CloudTrail and the difference between them.
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. CloudFormation makes it easy to organize and deploy a collection of AWS resources and lets you describe any dependencies or pass in special parameters when the stack is configured.
AWS X-Ray allows the developer to analyze and create a service map that displays an application’s architecture, including relation to components and a dependency tree. With the help of AWS X-Ray, we can understand how our application and its fundamental services are performing to identify and debug the root cause of performance issues and errors. AWS X-Ray provides end to end view of requests as they travel through your application.
WP CloudStack is a CloudFormation template that spins up a fully configured WordPress infrastructure in minutes. WP CloudStack integrates WordPress with AWS services like Aurora, S3, CloudFront, and CloudWatch, so you can take full advantage of the cloud, regardless of your comfort level with Linux or AWS. It also uses FastCGI Cache and other optimizations to help you get the most out of your server.
Our AWS CloudFormation template creates an Amazon Redshift stack. Redshift is a data warehousing solution that allows you to run complex data queries on huge data sets within seconds (it’s pretty awesome). You can use it to generate reports and analyze customer data. This template will launch Redshift into your VPC subnet with S3 as the data source.
Our template example is that of SFTP Gateway, a product that makes it easy to transfer files via SFTP to Amazon S3. We’ll incorporate S3, EC2, IAM, Security Groups, and more to facilitate this file transfer. Here’s how you can use CloudFormation to have EC2, IAM, and S3 work together.
CloudFormation is a powerful Infrastructure as Code tool that can help automate and manage your AWS deployments. Here’s an in-depth walkthrough of how CloudFormation works and an analysis of a template that creates a VPC.
AWS CloudFormation, an Infrastructure as Code service, includes a template made up of nine sections. Although made up of nine sections, the Resources section is the only one required. For this project we will be using Mappings, Resources, and Outputs.
The Cloud Formation template we created in part one provide a simple, reusable way to create a simple VPC. However, this template is not as flexible as it can be. We would like to have a template that can build a VPC with a varying number of subnets to handle development vs test vs production usage. We would like something that could create public-only subnets if we needed to quickly create something for demo / POC purposes. nstead of creating separate templates for these cases, we can make our existing template more flexible by using Parameters, Conditions, Mappings, and Outputs.
This is the first part of series Building a VPC with CloudFormation. This article describes how you can use AWS CloudFormation to create and manage a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), complete with subnets, NATting, route tables, etc. The emphasis is use of CloudFormation and Infrastructure as Code to build and manage resources in AWS, less about the issues of VPC design.