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I have been using AWS Elastic Beanstalk for more than 5 years, and it has made our life so easy and hassle-free. Here are some scenarios where it excels -
I have been using different AWS services like EC2, S3, Cloudfront, Serverless, etc. And Elastic Beanstalk makes our lives easier by tieing each service together and making the deployment a smooth process. N number of integrations with different CI/CD pipelines make this most engineer's favourite service. Scalability & Security comes with the service, which makes it the absolute perfect product for your business.
Personally, I haven't found any situations where it's not appropriate for the use cases it can be used. The pricing is also very cost-effective.
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DigitalOcean is a powerful tool with respect to the services and pricing that it offers. It is easier than other products and also provides servers that are inexpensive with great performance. DigitalOcean also offers additional add-ons such as additional IP addresses, scheduling of backups, etc. One of the best advantages is that it is efficient and is open source. Although, it is suited for a firm that is looking to cut down cost. Also, it is not suited for an organization where the dev/platform/DBA team is less experienced.
Read full review Pros Getting a project set up using the console or CLI is easy compared to other [computing] platforms. AWS Elastic Beanstalk supports a variety of programming languages so teams can experiment with different frameworks but still use the same compute platform for rapid prototyping. Common application architectures can be referenced as patterns during project [setup]. Multiple environments can be deployed for an application giving more flexibility for experimentation. Read full review DigitalOcean provides some of the best cost-to-value services available The DigitalOcean cloud console is very intuitive and easy to navigate DigitalOcean has great support for Docker and other dev ops tools like Terraform. DigitalOcean iterates quickly and provides cutting edge features for organizations that want to keep up with the latest and greatest dev ops tooling DigitalOcean has a great developer community and numerous support docs/tutorials Read full review Cons 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. Read full review Some products/services available on other Cloud providers aren't available, but they seem to be catching up as they add new products like Managed SQL DBs. While they have FreeBSD droplets (VMs), support for *BSD OSs is limited. I.e. the new monitoring agent only works on Linux. There are no regions available on South America. They don't seem to offer enterprise-level products, even basic ones as Windows Server, MS SQL Server, Oracle products, etc. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
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.
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I've been very happy with it for my purposes and I plan to continue to use DigitalOcean for the foreseeable future!
Read full review Usability
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.
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I honestly can't think of an easier way to set up and maintain your own server. Being able to set up a server in minutes and have fully control is awesome. The UX is incredibly intuitive for first-time users as well so there's no reason to be intimidated when it comes to giving DigitalOcean a shot.
Read full review Reliability and Availability
Have not found a single second of down time myself. Superior availability.
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Very quick response and high performance, you have to fine tune configurations on your machines though.
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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.
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They have always been fast, and the process has been straight-forward. I haven't had to use it enough to be frustrated with it, to be honest, and when I have an issue they fix it. As with all support, I wish it felt more human, but they are doing aces.
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- 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.
Read full review Alternatives Considered
We also use
and it is a great platform for smaller projects and light Node.js services, but we have found that in terms of cost, the Elastic Beanstalk option is more affordable for the projects that we undertake. The fact that it sits inside of the greater AWS Cloud offering also compels us to use it, since integration is simpler. We have also evaluated
and gave up trying to get an extremely basic implementation up and running after a few days of struggling with its mediocre user interface and constant issues with documentation being outdated. The authentication model is also badly broken and trying to manage resources is a pain. One cannot compare Azure with anything that Amazon has created in the cloud space since Azure really isn't a mature platform and we are always left wanting when we have to interface with it.
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Amazon has a very complex UI and many products to offer. They haven't polished up their UI and it has a much greater learning curve compared to DigitalOcean. However,
Amazon Web Services
(AWS) does have more comprehensive cloud computing services, which forces some companies to migrate their backend and other services to AWS as they scale up.
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Great scalability, you can start with small plans and move up to premium features at a very good price.
Read full review Return on Investment till now we had not Calculated ROI as the project is still evolving and we had to keep on changing the environment implementation it meets our purpose of quick deployment as compared to on-premises deployment till now we look good as we also controlled our expenses which increased suddenly in the middle of deployment activity Read full review With DigitalOcean, I've been able to move all my sites to https using my own implementations of SSL with LetsEncrypt. Since moving my sites to DigitalOcean, my hosting plan costs less than 40% of what I paid for similar hosting from Site5. Read full review ScreenShots