What’s new in AWS Quick Starts

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), Quick Starts promise to cut down on time spent learning a new technique, service or technology through the cloud services platform.
The cloud giant frequently publishes Quick Starts to make it easy to access its wide range of services. The AWS Quick Starts website states that Quick Starts are created by AWS solution architects and partners to help users deploy popular solutions on AWS. They are based on AWS best practice for security and high availability. These reference deployments automatically implement key technologies on the AWS Cloud in a matter of minutes, often in a single click. It is easy to create your production or test environment in just a few steps and you can start using it immediately.
They are published so frequently that it can be difficult to keep track of what is available for your cloud service. Here’s a summary of Quick Starts published in the last month.
To test AWS CloudFormation templates with AWS TaskCat, create a CI/CD pipeline
Quick Start Oct. 30 deploys a continuous deployment and continuous delivery (CI/CD), pipeline in just 15 minutes to automatically test AWS CloudFormation templates using a GitHub repository. AWS TaskCat is used for testing, AWS CodePipeline is used for continuous integration and AWS CodeBuild is used as the build service. TaskCat is an open-source tool that tests AWS CloudFormation templates. It creates stacks in multiple AWS regions simultaneously and generates a report that includes a pass/fail grade. The user can select the regions and indicate the number of AWS Availability Zones that they wish to test. They can also pass in the AWS CloudFormation parameter value values that they wish to test. Customers can use the CI/CD pipeline from GitHub to test any AWS CloudFormation template, including nested templates.
Install Microsoft Exchange Server
This Oct 29 update is actually an update. It shows how to automatically deploy Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 and Exchange Server 2016 in a highly accessible architecture in just 90 minutes. The deployment includes Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services for directory services, and Remote Desktop Gateway for remote administration over Internet. Exchange Server is a messaging solution that allows collaboration and supports compliance, mailboxes, compliance and e-archival. Users can deploy an Exchange Server environment to AWS and scale it according to demand. Customers get Exchange Server functionality and AWS flexibility and security.
Install Autodesk Forge
In just 15 minutes, this Quick Start builds an Autodesk Forge environment that allows you to create custom building blocks in the form Web service APIs, tools, and services. Autodesk Forge, a cloud platform for developers, allows you to build custom software applications, workflows and integrate across industries like manufacturing, engineering, construction, and architecture. Customers, teams, and third-party developers can all use Autodesk Forge to design, build, or integrate workflows.
Tableau Server can be deployed for healthcare
Quick Start on Oct. 23 deploys Tableau Server in an environment that can be used to help organizations with workloads that are covered by the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA). Tableau Server is an enterprise-class, scalable analytics platform that allows users to securely scale data and analysis across their organization. This deployment of Tableau Server addresses some technical requirements under the Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules (45 C.F.R. Parts 160 & 164.
Spotinst Elastigroup can be deployed for Amazon ECS
Spotinst Elastigroup is now available for Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) deployment. Spotinst Elastigroup allows the production-grade use of Spot Instances through the leverage of a pre