Welcome - AWS AppConfig

Welcome

Use AWS AppConfig, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, to create, manage, and quickly deploy application configurations. AWS AppConfig supports controlled deployments to applications of any size and includes built-in validation checks and monitoring. You can use AWS AppConfig with applications hosted on Amazon EC2 instances, AWS Lambda, containers, mobile applications, or IoT devices.

To prevent errors when deploying application configurations, especially for production systems where a simple typo could cause an unexpected outage, AWS AppConfig includes validators. A validator provides a syntactic or semantic check to ensure that the configuration you want to deploy works as intended. To validate your application configuration data, you provide a schema or a Lambda function that runs against the configuration. The configuration deployment or update can only proceed when the configuration data is valid.

During a configuration deployment, AWS AppConfig monitors the application to ensure that the deployment is successful. If the system encounters an error, AWS AppConfig rolls back the change to minimize impact for your application users. You can configure a deployment strategy for each application or environment that includes deployment criteria, including velocity, bake time, and alarms to monitor. Similar to error monitoring, if a deployment triggers an alarm, AWS AppConfig automatically rolls back to the previous version.

AWS AppConfig supports multiple use cases. Here are some examples.

  • Application tuning: Use AWS AppConfig to carefully introduce changes to your application that can only be tested with production traffic.

  • Feature toggle: Use AWS AppConfig to turn on new features that require a timely deployment, such as a product launch or announcement.

  • Allow list: Use AWS AppConfig to allow premium subscribers to access paid content.

  • Operational issues: Use AWS AppConfig to reduce stress on your application when a dependency or other external factor impacts the system.

This reference is intended to be used with the AWS AppConfig User Guide.

This document was last published on November 26, 2020.