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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

6 responses to “AWS CloudFormation: Poaching The Ecosystem?”

  1. Jesse Robbins


    We at Opscode have been aware of Amazon’s plans for CloudFormation for some time, and we’re pretty excited about it. We’re actually excited about *anything* that makes API-driven provisioning of infrastructure resources easier, as it means more infrastructure to automate, configure, and manage with Chef!

    -Jesse Robbins
    CEO & Cofounder
    Opscode, Inc.

  2. Nate

    Good insight on the AWS announcement. Skytap customers value our template driven cloud model as it accelerates complex cloud deployments. Our templates can be very simple or replicate even complex use cases including multi-tier apps. In addition to using templates, users can snapshot, share and collaborate as a team on specific projects. To test drive Skytap, visit

  3. Nick

    Interesting to see how this will work with Puppet and Opscode. Apparently AWS CloudFormation takes a very different approach compared to how Puppet and Opscode handle management.

  4. Neill Turner

    Agreed this is a logical extension for Amazon however i doubt it will help them lock in the customer. The API is openly published so other cloud vendors can pretty easily implement. The basic EC2 API is widely available in other cloud platforms although maybe with not all the features. I would think over the next few years cloud formation will become available in products like OpenStack etc. At least Amazon does not seem to have undocumented API functions like Windows. Amazon are smart to offer Cloud Formation for free. Rather than dropping prices of their core services (EC2 servers, S3 etc) they add extra functionality for free and make it tough for competitors like RightScale etc. In this respect, they have a similar platform strategy to Microsoft’s Windows strategy of the last 20 years.