New CloudFormation Template - Operational Alerts and new Docs

Michael Wittig – 28 Apr 2017

Today, we release v3.1.x of our Free Templates for AWS CloudFormation. The highlights of the release are:

  • You can now receive alerts if the infrastructure is not working with the oprations/alert.yaml template. Existing templates now have a ParentAlertStack parameter to enable alerting for the stack.
  • We updated the AMIs to Amazon Linux 2017.03
  • The documentation has a new home:

Starting with Version 3.1.0, we host all template versions on S3. The Links in the documentation reflect this change. The stable docs always point to the latest release. The latest docs point to the master branch which is work in progress. You will also find a separate documentation for each released version. Try it out:

Operations Alert template

This template describes an SNS topic that can be used by many other templates to receive alerts. You can add one or multiple subscribers to this topic and they will all receive the same alerts. Supported transports are:

  • Email
  • HTTP endpoint
  • HTTPS endpoint (can be used by marbot)


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To enable alerting on one of our templates (e.g. the SSH Bastion Host) you have to provide the ParentAlertStack parameter. If no such parameter exists, the template does not support alerting.

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Full Changelog

  • [Security] Updated WordPress to 4.7.4
  • [New template] Alert topic that integrates with all other templates for operational alerts via SNS
  • [Improvement] Added host based routing in ECS service template
  • [Improvement] Jenkins agents now get the agent label
  • [Improvement] Updated to Amazon Linux 2017.03
  • [Improvement] Using more than two Availability Zones if possible (vpc-3azs, vpc-4azs)
  • [Improvement] Provide a fallback Email for operational alerts
  • [Improvement] Moved docs to and also host each release versioned on S3

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  • Speed up development and migration: reuse our templates to create complex environments for common use cases with ease.
  • Rely on high-quality infrastructure templates: peer-reviewed by an expert (certified AWS solutions architect Professional) and verified with automated tests.
  • All templates are production-ready. If no other limitations are documented, they are:
    • Highly available: no single point of failure
    • Scalable: increase or decrease the number of instances based on load
    • Frictionless deployment: deliver new versions of your application automatically without downtime
    • Secure: using the latest operating systems and software components, follow the least privilege principle in all areas
    • Operations: provide tools like logging, monitoring and alerting to recognize and debug problems
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Michael Wittig

Michael Wittig

I'm an independent consultant, technical writer, and programming founder. All these activities have to do with AWS. I'm writing this blog and all other projects together with my brother Andreas.

In 2009, we joined the same company as software developers. Three years later, we were looking for a way to deploy our software—an online banking platform—in an agile way. We got excited about the possibilities in the cloud and the DevOps movement. It’s no wonder we ended up migrating the whole infrastructure of Tullius Walden Bank to AWS. This was a first in the finance industry, at least in Germany! Since 2015, we have accelerated the cloud journeys of startups, mid-sized companies, and enterprises. We have penned books like Amazon Web Services in Action and Rapid Docker on AWS, we regularly update our blog, and we are contributing to the Open Source community. Besides running a 2-headed consultancy, we are entrepreneurs building Software-as-a-Service products.

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