AWS CloudFormation vs Azure Resource Manager: What are the differences?
Developers describe AWS CloudFormation as "Create and manage a collection of related AWS resources". You can use AWS CloudFormation’s 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’t need to figure out the order in which AWS services need to be provisioned or the subtleties of how to make those dependencies work. On the other hand, Azure Resource Manager is detailed as "* A management framework that allows administrators to deploy, manage and monitor Azure resources*". It also allows administrators to apply access controls to all services in a resource group with role-based access control (RBAC), which is integrated into ARM.
AWS CloudFormation and Azure Resource Manager can be categorized as "Infrastructure Build" tools.
Some of the features offered by AWS CloudFormation are:
- AWS CloudFormation comes with the following ready-to-run sample templates: WordPress (blog),Tracks (project tracking), Gollum (wiki used by GitHub), Drupal (content management), Joomla (content management), Insoshi (social apps), Redmine (project mgmt)
- No Need to Reinvent the Wheel – A template can be used repeatedly to create identical copies of the same stack (or to use as a foundation to start a new stack)
- Transparent and Open – Templates are simple JSON formatted text files that can be placed under your normal source control mechanisms, stored in private or public locations such as Amazon S3 and exchanged via email.
On the other hand, Azure Resource Manager provides the following key features:
- Deploy app resources
- Organize resources
- Control access to resources
Azure Resource Manager is an open source tool with 63 GitHub stars and 46 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Azure Resource Manager's open source repository on GitHub.
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