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AWS automation tools

Here's a comprehensive list of AWS automation tools, categorized by their primary functionalities:

Infrastructure provisioning and management:

  • AWS CloudFormation: Define and provision entire infrastructure using code templates.
  • AWS Systems Manager: Automate configuration management, patch management, and application deployment across EC2 instances and on-premises servers.
  • AWS OpsWorks: Managed Chef infrastructure for automating deployments, configuration management, and scaling of applications on EC2 instances.
  • AWS Cloud9: Integrated Development Environment (IDE) in the cloud for coding, running builds, and managing resources directly from your browser.
  • AWS Organizations: Manage multi-account AWS environment and enforce governance policies.
  • AWS Resource Group: Group related resources for unified management and control.

Deployment and release management:

  • AWS CodePipeline: Create and manage continuous delivery and release pipelines for applications.
  • AWS CodeDeploy: Deploy application code to various AWS compute services like EC2, ECS, Lambda, and Fargate.
  • AWS CodeBuild: Fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces ready-to-deploy software packages.
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk: Easy-to-use deployment service for web applications, provisioning infrastructure, configuring applications, and automatically scaling based on traffic.
  • AWS Service Catalog: Create and manage catalogs of IT services that users can provision on demand.
  • AWS Control Tower: Set up and govern a secure, multi-account AWS environment with pre-built configurations and best practices.

Configuration management:

  • AWS Config: Define desired configurations for AWS resources and monitor compliance, automate drift remediation, and enforce governance policies.
  • AWS Systems Manager Run Command: Execute commands on multiple EC2 instances simultaneously for bulk configuration changes and management tasks.
  • AWS CloudFormation Drift Detection: Continuously monitor CloudFormation stacks for deviations from their template definitions, allowing quick identification and address configuration drift.
  • AWS Config Conformance Packs: Pre-built configurations for common security and compliance standards, automating adherence to various regulations.

Event-driven automation:

  • AWS Lambda: Serverless compute service that runs code in response to events from various sources, without provisioning or managing servers.
  • Amazon CloudWatch Events: Define rules to trigger actions based on events from various AWS services and other sources, powerful for orchestrating automated workflows.
  • AWS Step Functions: Orchestrate complex workflows composed of multiple Lambda functions and other AWS services, visually define workflow steps and transitions for intricate automation processes.
  • AWS CloudTrail: Audit logs of API calls made to AWS, facilitating security monitoring and forensics.

Security and compliance automation:

  • AWS Security Hub: Aggregates security findings from various AWS services and partner solutions, providing a unified view of security posture.
  • AWS Inspector: Assess the security state of your Amazon EC2 instances, containers, and serverless applications.
  • AWS WAF: Web Application Firewall protects your web applications from common web attacks.
  • AWS CloudWatch Logs: Centralized log management and monitoring service for analyzing application and system logs.

Management and monitoring tools:

  • AWS CloudWatch: Monitoring service for collecting and analyzing metrics, logs, and events from your AWS resources, providing insights into system health and performance.
  • AWS CloudTrail Insights: Analyze CloudTrail logs to identify security threats and anomalies.
  • AWS Cost Explorer: Analyze and manage your AWS costs, identify spending patterns, and optimize resource utilization.
  • AWS Auto Scaling: Automatically scale your EC2 instances and other resources up or down based on demand, optimizing for performance and cost savings.

This list is not exhaustive, and the best tools for your specific needs will depend on your infrastructure, applications, and desired level of automation. It's always recommended to explore the documentation and available options for each service to find the best fit for your specific use case.

I hope this comprehensive list helps you navigate the diverse world of AWS automation tools!