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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.

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

I would definitely recommend using Lambda for short-running, event-triggered processes that are dedicated to a single function. This could be for one-off processing or intermediate tasks between other resources like objects stored in buckets and queues for processing those objects. Also, since Lambda executions can be scheduled, processes that need to happen on regular intervals can be implemented with Lambda as well.I would not recommend using Lambda for anything that needs to run longer than a few seconds. Long running processes like ETL jobs or intensive computations may be better suited for step functions, batch jobs, or even a server based approach.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.3
AWS Lambda
8.4
Ease of building user interfaces
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.7
AWS Lambda
8.0
Scalability
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.8
AWS Lambda
9.2
Platform management overhead
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.0
AWS Lambda
8.4
Workflow engine capability
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.4
AWS Lambda
8.4
Platform access control
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7.9
AWS Lambda
8.5
Services-enabled integration
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7.8
AWS Lambda
9.2
Development environment creation
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.7
AWS Lambda
8.1
Development environment replication
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.6
AWS Lambda
8.0
Issue monitoring and notification
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7.9
AWS Lambda
8.2
Issue recovery
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.1
AWS Lambda
8.2
Upgrades and platform fixes
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.5
AWS Lambda
8.6

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

  • AWS Lambda is a welcoming platform, supporting several languages, including Java, Go, PowerShell, Node.js, C#, Python, and Ruby. And if you need to deploy a Lambda function in another language, AWS offers a Runtime API for integration.
  • We really appreciate how AWS Lambda is always-on for our functions, with only a brief "cold-start" waiting period the first time a function is called after being dormant.
  • In addition to only generating costs when it's actually being used, AWS Lambda really puts the "serverless" in serverless architecture, offering turnkey scaleability and high availability for our code with zero effort on our part.
Benjamin Plotkin | 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

  • The UI and Developer experience is not so great. IF you use an abstraction like Serverless Application Model (SAM), things get pretty easy, but it's still AWS UI/DX you're working with after that (which is to say, not their strength).
  • Documentation is always a mixed bag. Sometimes it's just easier to google your specific problem and see how others have solved it. This can be much faster than trying to find an example that may or may not be there in the documentation (which oftentimes has multiple versions and revisions).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
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Usability

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk 7.6
Based on 10 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 8.6
Based on 12 answers
It is very easy to get started with AWS Lambda and create your first function. The user interface makes it easy to add AWS services to be inputs or outputs to the function, meaning it can be configured in many different ways for different needs. This makes it ideal for various scenarios in AWS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk 7.8
Based on 20 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 8.1
Based on 22 answers
As this is a product where a great part of errors can be at the source code level, AWS support team doesn't dive that further. I mean they don't evaluate problems more complex related to your code, [which] is totally understandable, but this make[s] debug process more tough and painful.
Erlon Sousa Pinheiro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk 7.0
Based on 2 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

Pricing Details

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

General

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

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

AWS Lambda Editions & Modules

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.4
AWS Lambda
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7.9
AWS Lambda

Usability

AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7.6
AWS Lambda
8.6

Support Rating

AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7.8
AWS Lambda
8.1

Implementation Rating

AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7.0
AWS Lambda

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