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Add CloudFormer alternative (#708)

Mentions Former2 as third-party alternative to CloudFormer.
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Ian Mckay 1 year ago
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- 🔸CloudFormation is useful but complex and with a variety of pain points. Many companies find alternate solutions, and many companies use it, but only with significant additional tooling.
- 🔸CloudFormation can be very slow, especially for items like CloudFront distributions and Route53 CNAME entries.
- 🔸It’s hard to assemble good CloudFormation configurations from existing state. AWS does [offer a trick to do this](http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSCloudFormation/latest/UserGuide/cfn-using-cloudformer.html), but it’s very clumsy.
- CloudFormer also hasn't been updated in ages (as of Oct 2017), doesn't support templatizing many new services, and won't fully define even existing services that have since been updated. For example, Dynamo tables defined through CloudFormer won't contain TTL definitions or auto-scaling configuration.
- CloudFormer also hasn't been updated in ages (as of Oct 2017), doesn't support templatizing many new services, and won't fully define even existing services that have since been updated. For example, Dynamo tables defined through CloudFormer won't contain TTL definitions or auto-scaling configuration. There is a third-party version of the tool with more supported resources called [Former2](https://github.com/iann0036/former2).
- 🔸Many users don’t use CloudFormation at all because of its limitations, or because they find other solutions preferable. Often there are other ways to accomplish the same goals, such as local scripts (Boto, Bash, Ansible, etc.) you manage yourself that build infrastructure, or Docker-based solutions ([Convox](https://convox.com/), etc.).
- 🔸Deploying large stacks (i.e., many resources) can be problematic due to unintuitive API limits. For instance, API Gateway's `CreateDeployment` API has a default limit of [3 requests per minute](https://docs.aws.amazon.com/apigateway/latest/developerguide/limits.html) as of 1/12/2018. This limit is readily exceeded even in moderately-sized CloudFormation stacks. Creating CW alarms is another commonly seen limit (`PutMetricAlarm`, 3 tps as of 1/12/2018) especially when creating many autoscaling policies for DynamoDB. One way to work around this limit is to include CloudFormation 'DependsOn' clauses to artificially chain resource creation.
- 🔸Creating/deleting stacks can be a little less clean than ideal. Some resources will leave behind traces in your AWS account even after deletion. E.g., Lambda will leave behind CloudWatch log groups that never expire.

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