The AWS platform is growing at a rapid rate, and it's being increasingly adopted across all industries and
sectors. As the saying goes, friends don't let friends build data centers. No matter how you look at it, the
model of pay-as-you-go compute, network, and storage is here to stay. It's also becoming increasingly
hard to argue against standing on the shoulders of giants, especially when you look the rate with which
features and enhancements are added to the AWS platform compared to what you'd typically get out of
other cloud providers or a so-called private cloud.
We work with a lot of technical professionals who are highly knowledgeable in their domain, but often
completely new to the AWS platform. Alternatively, they might be familiar with AWS but new to
automation and infrastructure code practices.
We wanted to write a book for these people.
This book is intended to kick-start your AWS journey by providing recipes, patterns, and best practices
across the areas we are often asked to help with on our consulting engagements. All the recipes and
recommendations contained in this book are based on our personal experiences and observations from our
time helping customers on the AWS platform.
CloudFormation is the AWS-native method for automating the (repeatable and reliable) deployment of
AWS resources, and we use it extensively throughout this book. The recipes that follow will help you get
well acquainted with CloudFormation, and you'll soon be on your way to customizing and building your
own templates. With so much power at your fingertips, there's a lot of potential for finding yourself in a
rabbit hole. This book aims to steer you in the right direction and help you adopt the platform in a
sustainable and maintainable way.

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