AWS CloudFormation
User Guide (API Version 2010-05-15)
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AWS CloudFormation enables you to create and delete related AWS resources together as a unit called a stack. You define the characteristics of a stack parameters, mappings, resource properties, and output values using a template (a JSON-compliant text file). You can write your template from scratch, or start with one of the example templates we provide. You can use a number of AWS products with AWS CloudFormation, such as Amazon EC2, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, and Amazon RDS (for a complete list, see Resource Property Types Reference).