Working with Infrastructure as Code (IaC) in AWS can be complex due to the multitude of options and tasks involved. AWS CloudFormation, a powerful IaC service, allows teams to define and provision AWS and third-party resources in a reproducible manner. However, mastering CloudFormation can be difficult, especially for those new to IaC. Understanding template structure, resource types, and intrinsic functions takes time. To simplify IaC creation, usage, and maintenance, we're introducing an open-source GitHub library.
How It Works
Our approach is straightforward. You select the templates you wish to deploy from the "service-vault" directory and place them in another directory. Once done, you make necessary template modifications, for example such as naming your service. After these adjustments, you execute the deployment script, which sequentially deploys your infrastructure. This streamlined process makes IaC accessible and swift. To ensure a smooth deployment process without dependency errors, we've addressed certain key considerations.
Dependencies, such as the order in which stacks are deployed, need attention. For instance, deploying a Lambda within a VPC requires deploying the VPC first. To maintain this order, we rely on file naming conventions. For example, you need to rename the VPC template to "1_vpc" and the Lambda template to "2_lambda" to ensure the desired deployment sequence. Additionally, we validate templates during deployment and provide information about changes that will be applied to your services.
Growth and Collaboration
This project thrives on collaboration. We believe that any open-source initiative is most powerful when it taps into the collective wisdom and skills of the community. Here's how our collaborative approach works:
Inclusivity: We welcome anyone interested in simplifying Infrastructure as Code (IaC). Whether you're an IaC expert or a newcomer, your contributions are valuable. Diverse perspectives enrich the project.
Creating Templates: You have the creative freedom to develop new IaC templates for specific use cases or improve existing ones. These templates can cover a wide range of AWS resources and configurations, providing ready-to-deploy solutions.
Submitting Pull Requests: Once you've crafted a new template or made improvements, you submit a pull request to our repository. This is where collaboration happens. Your contributions become part of our shared knowledge base, accessible to all.
Review and Merge: Our team at Altostruct will carefully review all pull requests to ensure they align with best practices, security standards, and project goals. Upon approval, your contributions are integrated into the repository.
Joining Our Journey: By participating, you become a vital part of our mission to simplify IaC. Your contributions advance the project and the broader goal of making IaC more accessible. Together, we're shaping the future of IaC.
Altostruct's Role is as project stewards, taking responsibility for maintaining the repository. This includes overseeing updates, managing code quality, and ensuring the project's overall health. We commit to keeping templates and scripts up to date. Technology is always evolving, and we'll adjust templates and scripts to reflect these changes, ensuring users have reliable and current IaC resources.
Over time, we may refine the repository structure to enhance usability and organization. This could involve reorganizing templates, improving documentation, or enhancing user guidance.
You as a contributor play a vital role in maintaining template quality. You're responsible for the templates you submit, including addressing issues and fixing bugs before creating a PR.