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Attribute Ratings

  • AWS Config is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

7.9

AWS CloudFormation

79%
5 Ratings
8.7

AWS Config

87%
6 Ratings

Performance

AWS CloudFormation

N/A
0 Ratings
9.6

AWS Config

96%
4 Ratings

Ease of integration

AWS CloudFormation

N/A
0 Ratings
6.2

AWS Config

62%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon AWS

AWS CloudFormation is well suited for scenarios where all of your resources need to be provisioned on AWS but it is not suited for hybrid cloud deployments. It's very easy for someone new to learn. The level of customization offered as part of the template specifically for AWS services is great. There is also a UI tool where we can drag and drop the services we want and it generates an yaml file which is very easy to use. The visibility of stacks and its resources and one place where we can track and identify the issues in deployment is great.
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Amazon AWS

It's really good if your infrastructure services is all in AWS, that means everything could be audited and monitored using AWS config. You also can create alarms to notify you or your team about any changes on your AWS resources which is very useful to prevent abuse if you have a fairly large team. It's also very useful whenever some third party wants to audit your AWS resources, if you have a fairly comprehensive AWS config configured, the auditing process will be easy since they only need to look at your AWS config setup.
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Pros

Amazon AWS

  • SaaS
  • Paas
  • Iaas
  • On promises
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Amazon AWS

  • The ability to track changes in AWS is paramount, AWS config allows you to do this
  • Allows the auditing of an AWS account
  • Can view history of an account that has AWS config enabled
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Cons

Amazon AWS

  • Error Description upon Failure Needs to be Improved.
  • Slow to create, delete or update.
  • Need to delete resources manually. It can ask before starting deletion whether to skip those resources or delete them.
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Amazon AWS

  • It's only AWS, no third party.
  • Not the most intuitive interface, but with a little getting used to it is OK.
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Pricing Details

AWS CloudFormation

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

AWS CloudFormation editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Free Tier - 1,000 Handler Operations per Month per Account$0.001
Handler Operation$0.00092

Footnotes

  1. none
  2. per handler operation

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

There is no additional charge for using AWS CloudFormation with resource providers in the following namespaces: AWS::*, Alexa::*, and Custom::*. In this case you pay for AWS resources (such as Amazon EC2 instances, Elastic Load Balancing load balancers, etc.) created using AWS CloudFormation as if you created them manually. You only pay for what you use, as you use it; there are no minimum fees and no required upfront commitments. When you use resource providers with AWS CloudFormation outside the namespaces mentioned above, you incur charges per handler operation. Handler operations are create, update, delete, read, or list actions on a resource.

AWS Config

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

AWS Config editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    With AWS Config, you are charged based on the number of configuration items recorded, the number of active AWS Config rule evaluations and the number of conformance pack evaluations in your account. A configuration item is a record of the configuration state of a resource in your AWS account. An AWS Config rule evaluation is a compliance state evaluation of a resource by an AWS Config rule in your AWS account, and a conformance pack evaluation is the evaluation of a resource by an AWS Config rule within the conformance pack.

    Performance

    Amazon AWS

    No answers on this topic

    Amazon AWS

    Would rate lower for other workloads but for AWS workloads its simple to set up, cost effective and customisable. Primary use case is compliance from a governance perspective.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Amazon AWS

    We didn't look into anything else as Cloudformation was "built-in" for AWS, it just kind of made sense to go with that. Terraform was something that we briefly looked into Terraform but decides to stick with Cloudformation because our task was relatively "simple". Apparently if it's a bit more complex, Terraform might be the way to go.
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    Amazon AWS

    I do not know or have used any other product in AWS cloud space that matches what AWS Config provides. We have some custom built monitoring and governance, however that is there because AWS Config does not provide it currently.
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    Return on Investment

    Amazon AWS

    • It has a positive ROI
    • Less time inverted in bugs
    • More stable source code
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    Amazon AWS

    • Enforcing audit requirements
    • Easy to set up alerting when there are rule breaches
    • Auto remediation reduces the manual policing of such breaches
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