You can now provision and manage resources for AWS Lambda-based applications using AWS CloudFormation and the AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM). SAM helps you more effectively model, package, and deploy “serverless” applications which use services like AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon API Gateway. SAM is a specification for describing Lambda-based applications and offers a syntax designed specifically for expressing serverless resources. Learn more about SAM here.
You can now also use new AWS CLI commands for package and deploy, which simplify the process of uploading source code from your local drive and creating your resources. For example, you can use the package command to upload source code for Lambda functions, API Gateway Swagger files, or AWS Elastic Beanstalk applications.
CloudFormation has also introduced the following updates: