THIS WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MY TUMBLR ON FEB 25, 2011. I forgot I had a Tumblr account. I recently logged in (in light of the acquisition by Automattic), found some old posts, and I'm republishing them exactly as they were with zero modifications.
Amazon announced CloudFormation to the public yesterday, and while the general opinion I could glean from various sources shows that people are excited about this new technology, many are still unsure what it is and how it fits into their current cloud workflow. I feel as though I have a firm grasp on CloudFormation and will attempt to answer some questions here.
Note: I'm definitely not a representative of Amazon in any way, and anything here is simply my educated opinion on the matter.