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CloudFormation Essentials

Amazon Web Services

Duration: 2 Days


This course will provide students with a conceptual understanding of CloudFormation that includes multiple short lectures each followed by guided labs. During the lab students will develop practical understanding of syntax and properties that will provide them the knowledge to manage large CloudFormation templates, launch production stacks in CloudFormation and performs updates. The class concludes with each student creating a nested stack producing a VPC with a boot strapped Auto Scaling Group behind an Elastic Load Balancer.

Why you need to attend this course?

CloudFormation gives developers an easy way of creating and managing AWS resources. It also supports creating interconnections between the services.

  • If you are a AWS professional and want to automate provisioning AWS resources in an efficient way
  • If you are already using CloudFormation but want to understand the best practices to be followed
  • If you want to build multiple templates and make them re-usable
  • This course will be handled by experienced trainers who not only have immense knowledge but also a lot of practical exposure to the subject being taught


Upon completion of the course students will:

  • Have a CloudFormation template (single instance chef-solo bootstrapped).
  • Have a CloudFormation template for an Auto Scaling Group and Load Balancer.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge on how to create a template that boots resources into a VPC.
  • Understand what’s inside these templates and how to use the templates and their concepts on your own applications.

Who Should Attend

  • IT Professionals who want to learn to develop highly scalable architectures using AWS CloudFormation


This is NOT a beginners AWS class. Prior experience is necessary.

  • Should have attended AWS Level-2 course and AWS Level-3  courses offered by CloudThat Technologies OR
  • Should have hands-on experience in S3,  EC2,  ELB,  RDS,  Auto-Scaling, VPC, IAM

Course Outline


  1. Introduction to CloudFormation
  2. Anatomy of a CloudFormation Template
    Hands-on Lab:Starting an instance with CloudFormationTemplate
  3. Working with Parameters, Mappings & Output
    Hands-on Lab: Working with Parameters, Mappings, Output & Stack update


  1. Bootstrapping, AutoScaling & Networking
    Hands-on Lab: Bootstrapping instance using CFN-Init and starting chef-client
    Hands-on Lab: Create a scalable stack using Auto Scaling Groups
    Hands-on Lab: Create networking resources using template
  2. Nested Stacks
    Hands-on Lab: Working with nested stacks
  3. Working with abstraction layers ( lecture )

About The Trainer

Himanshu Sachdeva
Head – Cloud Operations

Himanshu has been developing / architecting IT applications for over 9 years & is working in cloud computing domain for about 5 years. He holds expertise in various cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services,, Google App Engine etc. and has designed large & complex applications for some of the major international companies. He was involved in algorithmic research during earlier part of his career & carries strong foundation in field of computing. Himanshu is very passionate about technology & keeps himself abreast of latest tech trends.

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Sankeerth Reddy G
Senior Cloud Solutions Architect

Sankeerth is an Amazon Certified Solutions Architect with many years of experience working with Amazon Web Services (AWS). He also has certification from MongoDB and specializes in running MongoDB cluster on AWS. He has experience in architecting and managing MongoDB cluster with Multiple Shards on AWS, which does 1000+ requests per second at peak. He currently leads a CloudThat consulting team and has been involved in various large and complex global clients, some of them being in the top 100 most visited sites in USA. He has architected various solutions on AWS, and managed deployments using AWS. In his previous tenure at TCS, he has worked on developing and deploying internal applications on AWS cloud.

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2204524-12Bhavesh Goswami
Co-Founder & CEO

Bhavesh Goswami the Co-Founder & CEO of CloudThat Technologies, is a leading expert in Cloud Computing space with over a decade of experience. He was in the initial development team of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) at Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Seattle. He honed his Cloud Computing skills at Amazon where he helped ship the first version of S3 in 2006. Later he moved to Microsoft after over three years at Amazon to take up the challenge to help manage Cosmos, the Cloud storage and Big Data computational engine that power all of the Microsoft’s Online Services, including Bing.

In 2010, after living in USA over 10 years, he came to India in search of a challenge. He realized that the rapidly changing technology landscape and the busy schedule of IT professionals were not conducive to acquire new skills. Thus, he started CloudThat Technologies, a company focused on quickly empowering professionals & corporates on Cloud & Big Data through training & consulting services. He has personally trained over 1000 people on various Cloud technologies like AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google App Engine and more since early 2012.

Bhavesh has spoken at various Cloud and Big Data conferences and events like ‘7th Cloud Computing & Big Data’ and have been the Key Note Speaker at ‘International Conference on Computer Communication and Informatics’. He has authored numerous research papers and patents in various fields. He is passionate about technology and keeps the company up to date on latest Cloud technologies & market trends.

Bhavesh earned MS in Computer Science from University of South Florida, where he was awarded Scholarships for Teaching Assistantship and Research Assistantship in 2003. He gained his Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology from Nirma University in 2001.

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Other Details

Participants will need to purchase the certificate exam voucher separately if they want to get certified by AWS.


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