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Highlights

AWS Elastic Beanstalk and AWS Lambda are both platform as a service products that enable businesses to utilize cloud computing. Both are AWS products, but they serve slightly different use cases.  AWS Elastic Beanstalk is ideal for deploying and managing fully functional applications. AWS Lambda is a serverless product that allows for the deployment of small applications or pieces of larger applications at a low cost.  Both products are popular with businesses of all sizes, depending on their use case.  It is possible to use both platforms, with AWS Lambda being used for the heaviest computing portions of an application.

Features

AWS Elastic Beanstalk and AWS Lambda both provide a platform for cloud computing, but they also have some standout features that are important to consider.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides a complete platform for computing and application deployment.  Businesses using AWS Elastic Beanstalk benefit from the ability to control and manage the application environment in a granular manner.  Additionally, if businesses don’t want to worry about aspects such as provisioning and load balancing, AWS Elastic Beanstalk can manage those aspects of the environment automatically.

AWS Lambda allows businesses to run code in a serverless environment, so management requirements are minimal.  Lambda can also integrate with other tools that can trigger functions in AWS Lambda, or applications that can make function calls to code in Lambda.  For businesses that want to run code without worrying about managing servers or the codes environment, AWS Lambda is a great choice.

Limitations

Though AWS Elastic Beanstalk and AWS Lambda can be used together, and both simplify cloud computing, they also have some limitations that are important to consider.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides some automation features and allows for customization of the application environment, but it is difficult to use it as a “set it and forget it” tool.  In contrast, AWS Lambda is a serverless environment with minimal management requirements, so users can run code without worrying about the environment.  AWS Elastic Beanstalk is best for businesses that need a robust computing platform.

AWS Lambda allows users to easily run code in a serverless environment, but it doesn’t include as many options for customizing the environment.  For businesses looking for a flexible platform that they can manage however they want, AWS Elastic Beanstalk may be preferred.  Additionally, while Lambda is a good choice for pieces of code that applications will call, AWS Elastic Beanstalk is more usable for fully featured application deployment.

Pricing

AWS Elastic Beanstalk pricing is entirely dependent on what AWS resources are used in the environment.  For example, using more storage buckets will increase AWS Elastic Beanstalk pricing.

AWS Lambda is priced depending on the amount of memory used and the amount of requests made.  Businesses can expect AWS Lambda pricing to start at $0.20 per million requests.

Feature Set Ratings

  • AWS Lambda ranks higher in 1 feature set: Platform-as-a-Service

Platform-as-a-Service

8.3

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

83%
8.6

AWS Lambda

86%
AWS Lambda ranks higher in 7/11 features

Ease of building user interfaces

9.2
92%
18 Ratings
7.9
79%
24 Ratings

Scalability

8.9
89%
29 Ratings
9.3
93%
48 Ratings

Platform management overhead

8.9
89%
28 Ratings
8.7
87%
44 Ratings

Workflow engine capability

8.9
89%
23 Ratings
8.6
86%
40 Ratings

Platform access control

7.3
73%
28 Ratings
8.1
81%
43 Ratings

Services-enabled integration

6.8
68%
28 Ratings
8.9
89%
47 Ratings

Development environment creation

8.7
87%
28 Ratings
8.5
85%
42 Ratings

Development environment replication

8.3
83%
29 Ratings
8.5
85%
40 Ratings

Issue monitoring and notification

7.7
77%
28 Ratings
8.6
86%
44 Ratings

Issue recovery

8.4
84%
26 Ratings
8.6
86%
36 Ratings

Upgrades and platform fixes

7.9
79%
27 Ratings
9.0
90%
37 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • AWS Lambda is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

80%
29 Ratings
8.9

AWS Lambda

89%
48 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

7.9

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

79%
2 Ratings

AWS Lambda

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

7.7

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

77%
9 Ratings
9.0

AWS Lambda

90%
13 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

80%
24 Ratings
8.6

AWS Lambda

86%
33 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

70%
4 Ratings

AWS Lambda

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is well suited for [the] rapid development of applications that use standard compute platforms based on popular programming languages. So getting a Go, Python, Ruby, or Node.js app going in AWS Elastic Beanstalk will be easy. For non-standard applications, containers provide another option for using AWS Elastic Beanstalk. In either case, AWS Elastic Beanstalk is well suited for applications that are [self-contained]. AWS Elastic Beanstalk is also good for development or test environments that need a built-in deployment method.AWS Elastic Beanstalk is less appropriate for complex applications that rely on multiple AWS services. While deploying and running the base code might be easy to get going, it may be difficult to apply permissions and integrations with the other services.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

AWS Lambda

[AWS Lambda] is very well suited for the projects that doesn't have any infra but needs it where short running processes are required. But if your application need to run continuously than this might not be the very apt tool for you.
Ojas Elawadhi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk was easy to implement, we only had to insert the application code to have it up and running in a few minutes. This helps us to launch company campaigns for different areas such as marketing, commercial and human resources.
  • It has a fast learning curve, since the training material of the platform is public on the manufacturer's portal, furthermore it is easy to interact and intuitive for developers.
  • The productivity of the equipment is optimized since they are not worrying about preparing the platform or infrastructure, they only have to attend to what is required by the application and its operation and this maintenance.
  • The indicators and metrics that it has, ensure that the application cannot be saturated and have a performance problem, with AWS Elastic Beanstalk the application can scale resources when needed automatically.
Diego Gamez | TrustRadius Reviewer

AWS Lambda

  • Lambda provides multiple methods for triggering functions, this includes AWS resources and services and external triggers like APIs and CLI calls.
  • The compute provided my Lambda is largely hands off for operations teams. Once the function is deployed, the management overhead is minimal since there are no servers to maintain.
  • Lambda's pricing can be very cost effective given that users are only charged for the time the function runs and associated costs like network or storage if those are used. A function that executes quickly and is not called often can cost next to nothing.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

  • Limited to the frameworks and configurations that AWS supports. There is no native way to use Elastic Beanstalk to deploy a Go application behind Nginx, for example.
  • It's not always clear what's changed on an underlying system when AWS updates an EB stack; the new version is announced, but AWS does not say what specifically changed in the underlying configuration. This can have unintended consequences and result in additional work in order to figure out what changes were made.
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

AWS Lambda

  • Putting a significant portion of your codebase into AWS Lambda and taking advantage of the high level of integration with other AWS services comes with the risk of vendor lock-in.
  • While the AWS Lambda environment is "not your problem," it's also not at your disposal to extend or modify, nor does it preserve state between function executions.
  • AWS Lambda functions are subject to strict time limitations, and will be aborted if they exceed five minutes of execution time. This can be a problem for some longer-running tasks that are otherwise well-suited to serverless delivery.
Benjamin Plotkin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$35 per month

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Editions & Modules

Edition
No Charge$01
  1. Users pay for AWS resources (e.g. EC2, S3 buckets, etc.) used to store and run the application.
Additional Pricing Details

AWS Lambda

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$2.1e-9 Per 1 ms

AWS Lambda Editions & Modules

Edition
128 MB$0.00000000211
1024 MB$0.00000001671
10240 MB$0.00000016671
  1. Per 1 ms
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk 7.9
Based on 2 answers
As our technology grows, it makes more sense to individually provision each server rather than have it done via beanstalk. There are several reasons to do so, which I cannot explain without further diving into the architecture itself, but I can tell you this. With automation, you also loose the flexibility to morph the system for your specific needs. So if you expect that in future you need more customization to your deployment process, then there is a good chance that you might try to do things individually rather than use an automation like beanstalk.
Rahul Chaudhary | TrustRadius Reviewer

AWS Lambda

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk 7.7
Based on 9 answers
It is a great tool to manage your applications. You just need to write the codes, and after that with one click, your app will be online and accessible from the internet. That is a huge help for people who do not know about infrastructure or do not want to spend money on maintaining infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda 9.0
Based on 13 answers
I give it a seven is usability because it's AWS. Their UI's are always clunkier than the competition and their documentation is rather cumbersome. There's SO MUCH to dig through and it's a gamble if you actually end up finding the corresponding info if it will actually help. Like I said before, going to google with a specific problem is likely a better route because AWS is quite ubiquitous and chances are you're not the first to encounter the problem. That being said, using SAM (Serverless application model) and it's SAM Local environment makes running local instances of your Lambdas in dev environments painless and quite fun. Using Nodejs + Lambda + SAM Local + VS Code debugger = AWESOME.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk 8.0
Based on 24 answers
As I described earlier it has been really cost effective and really easy for fellow developers who don't want to waste weeks and weeks into learning and manually deploying stuff which basically takes month to create and go live with the Minimal viable product (MVP). With AWS Beanstalk within a week a developer can go live with the Minimal viable product easily.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda 8.6
Based on 33 answers
I have not needed support for AWS Lambda, since it is already using Python, which has resources all over the internet. AWS blog posts have information about how to install some libraries, which is necessary for some more complex operations, but this is available online and didn't require specific customer support for.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk 7.0
Based on 4 answers
- Do as many experiments as you can before you commit on using beanstalk or other AWS features.- Keep future state in mind. Think through what comes next, and if that is technically possible to do so.- Always factor in cost in terms of scaling.- We learned a valuable lesson when we wanted to go multi-region, because then we realized many things needs to change in code. So if you plan on using this a lot, factor multiple regions.
Rahul Chaudhary | TrustRadius Reviewer

AWS Lambda

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk handles better in server autoscaling, load balancers,networking infrastructure for databases.It also helps in creating all of the architecture needed to run our apps and services.[AWS] Elastic Beanstalk also handles all of the provisioning, scaling, and implementation of the application stack unlike other competitors without a fuss.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

AWS Lambda

Azure Functions is another product that provides lambda functionality, but the documentation for some of Azure's products is quite hard to read. Additionally, AWS Lambda was one of the first cloud computing products on a large cloud service that implemented lambda functions, so they have had the most time to develop the product, increase the quality of service, and extend functionality to more languages. Amazon, by far, has the best service for Lambda that I know.
Fedor Paretsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

  • Greatly reduced time in setting up and deploying test environments has saved a lot of hours and money.
  • Near-zero maintenance means that we don't spend any time tending to servers, the app containers just work.
  • The initial learning curve is a little steep to get services hosted in Elastic Beanstalk talking to external services like Redis, MongoDB, etc; but once one understands the pattern, development is a breeze.
  • The command line interface has enabled us to build many utility scripts that simplify our development workflow, thereby saving time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

AWS Lambda

  • I was able to perform a lot of processing on data delivered from my website and little or no cost. This was a big plus to me.
  • Programming AWS Lambda is quite easy once you understand the time limits to the functions.
  • AWS Lambda has really good integration with the AWS S3 storage system. This a very good method of delivering data to be processed and a good place to pick it up after processing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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