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AWS Elastic Beanstalk


What is AWS Elastic Beanstalk?

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is the platform-as-a-service offering provided by Amazon and designed to leverage AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

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What is AWS Elastic Beanstalk?

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is the platform-as-a-service offering provided by Amazon and designed to leverage AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is designed for deploying and scaling web applications and services developed with Java, .NET, PHP, Node.js, Python, Ruby, Go, and Docker on familiar servers such as Apache, Nginx, Passenger, and IIS.

Developers can simply upload their code and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment, from capacity provisioning, load balancing, and auto-scaling to application health monitoring. At the same time, users retain full control over the AWS resources powering their application and can access the underlying resources at any time.

There is no additional charge for Elastic Beanstalk - pay only for the AWS resources needed to store and run applications.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk is the platform-as-a-service offering provided by Amazon and designed to leverage AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

AWS Elastic Beanstalk starts at $35.

Heroku Platform, Engine Yard, and Red Hat OpenShift are common alternatives for AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

Reviewers rate Ease of building user interfaces highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of AWS Elastic Beanstalk are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Partha Roy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
AWS Elastic Beanstalk is an all-rounder product that helps us quickly deploy our software on the cloud. It also allows us to scale up easily on demand.
  • It helps us to deploy several services of AWS in the cloud.
  • Out of the box security and privacy provided by AWS Elastic Beanstalk is unmatchable.
  • The user experience is super intuitive and helps a lot throughout the deployment process.
  • Reliability across different services is quite surprising.
  • It's very easy to get started with but very difficult to master, as the documentation is scattered across and the tutorials are dated. So one has to be well experienced in this in order to make the most out of the service.
  • Even though the user experience is good, it's backdated, it has an old UI system, which could be changed, and a modern, fresh look can be used.
  • While working with AWS Elastic Beanstalk, one has to be very attentive and scrutinise all the steps in order to miss out settings, which can lead to surprising billings (which is a very common phenomena.)
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.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use AWS Elastic Beanstalk to host a custom API validation service for our business. It interfaces with multiple vendor cloud systems to utilize their unique APIs to validate customer information. It was more economical to develop a single connection point from our cloud ERP system to this validation service in AWS Elastic Beanstalk than to have our ERP connect to the different vendors. We don't have to worry about operating system overhead with this service, and our developers can simply maintain the code changes via Git.
  • Abstract the operating system
  • Availability and Uptime
  • Ease of deployment
  • I would like to see an easier way to backup
AWS Elastic Beanstalk works well for deploying an application that you do not want to manage the underlying operating system for.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
AWS Elastic Beanstalk is being used in specific departments of my organization. The major business problem that it solves is that there is no interaction required with Amazon EC2 as this tool handles all the communications by itself. This also provides an additional layer of abstraction over the operating system and the server.
  • Really very easy to build infrastructure and deploy the code.
  • Amazing user interface which provides ease to build applications.
  • Supports Multi platform like PHP, Python, Java, etc.
  • Sometimes the deployment can be really very slow.
  • Logs aren't very easy to analyze.
  • Some of the EC2 metrics aren't showing after the recent update.
Although it's not a perfect tool, it is very well suited if you are looking for a safe and reliable tool for your data and to reduce system operations by just focussing on your application development. Also, it integrates easily with other AWS services.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The team I support uses AWS Elastic Beanstalk for rapid software development with AWS resources. [It's] an easy on-ramp for getting software into the cloud without worrying too much about the underlying architecture and hardware. AWS Elastic Beanstalk lets them go from a concept to deployed code in a very short time. The tool is easily accessible from the console, AWS CLI, and its own dedicated CLI with the latter two being suitable for use in CI/CD pipelines. The main business problem addressed by AWS Elastic Beanstalk is allowing developers to quickly get their ideas online without worrying too much about deploying or managing the resources in the background.
  • 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.
  • Users may find it confusing if they need to switch from the dedicated CLI for AWS Elastic Beanstalk and the AWS CLI.
  • It would be useful to support paused or suspended environments for applications that don't need to be online 24x7. Dev and test environments would be benefit from this feature.
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.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
We have been using AWS Elastic Bean stalk for around 3 years and it is one of the best services provided by AWS for developers who don't want get into managing lower level configurations like Load Balancing, auto scaling group, instance type and instance placement groups. We just need to zip their code files and select the environment for the application and that's pretty much it, we can also enable versioning for our deployments and it supports various environment like DEV, PROD etc. And the most beautiful thing about AWS Elastic Beanstalk is that you just need to choose setup types (i.e High Availability, single instance (for dev environment) and custom configuration as well) and it also supports AWS RDS, you just need to configure the connection strings of RDS into your code that's it. It has reduced work of cloud infrastructure by 40-45%.
  • Comes with preconfiguration of all infrastructure service with EC2 instance.
  • Developer with basic knowledge of cloud can also deploy applications.
  • It comes with the optimum plan for various scenarios like high availability, consistency.
  • It has almost all environments available for services.
  • Not easy to do customization for some services.
  • Not recommended for big environment back-end services.
  • Customer support is okay!
AWS Elastic Beanstalk is recommended for applications which do not require complex configurations and just wanted to go live quickly. It's not recommended for complex configuration and big application deployments.
Ramindu Deshapriya | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
AWS Elastic Beanstalk is being used across my organization for the deployment of applications running on NodeJS, Python, and Java stacks. IT provides an easy-to-use deployment model to run applications on pre-built application stacks on EC2 instances without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure and application stack. It provides an abstraction layer on top of a range of AWS services such as load balancers, security, and auto-scaling, allowing configuration of all these options from a single console. Through the use of Elastic Beanstalk, our organization has been able to deploy and manage applications on EC2 instances without the hassle of having to manage the EC2 instances themselves, leading to faster deployment times and smaller maintenance windows.
  • Providing managed application environments
  • In-built load balancing
  • In-built auto-scaling
  • In-built logs and log aggregation through CloudWatch
  • Providing managed updates to applications stacks
  • In-built selection of deployment methods (all-at-once, blue-green etc)
  • Integration with CodePipeline
  • Some configuration options can be too rigid, and you have to delete an environment to change some configuration options.
  • When things go wrong, they fail badly, and you are left with no insight or feedback.
  • Some of the built-in monitoring metrics are hard to understand and configure.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk is well-suited for applications that require a medium-to-large set of dependencies and where you want to deploy a custom application to EC2 instances, instead of using a provided service like Lambda functions. It handles deployment of your application to the specified stack very well and with an integration with a deployment tool like AWS CodePipeline, it can be very powerful in getting your application deployed and running. It allows you to deploy both server-type applications and worker-type applications. Elastic Beanstalk is not the best option if your code deployment is small and can be placed within the context of a serverless function.
November 20, 2019

Good tool for deployments

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides a flexible, easy-to-use service for deploying and scaling web applications and services. It supports various platforms such as Java, NodeJs, .NET, PHP, Python, Go, etc. We use it across all the departments of our organization. It solves our cloud deployment problems. So far it is very useful.
  • User has an option to choose servers they want to deploy such as Apache, IIS, etc.
  • It is bit slow sometimes.
Good documentation, Elastic Beanstalk is a great product that provides tools for running your web application. You can deploy your application as an archive file or docker container, setting up docker application that works with the database takes no more than 1 hour. You can set up different environments for one application very easily.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
AWS Elastic Beanstalk is used by our company in certain departments for experimental purpose. We are still trying to evaluate its performance. The problem AWS Elastic Beanstalk is solving for us now is the PaaS. We need a platform that can provide the capacity of spinning up a website without managing any of the infrastructures like servers or databases.
  • It is fully automatic. You just upload your codes and EB will take care of the rest.
  • It's well integrated with other AWS services like build pipeline.
  • Good technical support from the documentation.
  • Troubleshooting can be a pain. You cannot see where it was wrong exactly when you encounter errors.
  • It can be touchy sometimes. You need to be very careful about what you have done and keep records on it.
  • Mainly the two above.
If you are developers who just want to write code and do not want to implement all the infrastructure to make your apps up and run, you should think about AWS Elastic Beanstalk. It is a very powerful platform as a service product owned by AWS that can help you host your codes. You do not have to worry about the maintenance of infrastructure.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
AWS Elastic Beanstalk is being used by my organization as a serverless compute system where we can deploy code to run web applications without thinking about infrastructure thus drastically reducing the time to deployment/setup of my system. Elastic Beanstalk is being used primarily by our software development and devops teams to help streamline the deployment process.
  • Deployment automation.
  • Error handling.
  • Documentation.
  • User interface.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk is a great tool to run serverless code by simply deploying your app and letting Amazon Elastic Cloud scale each feature necessary to run a scalable application. It would be less appropriate when dealing with stateful apps, but rather works wonders for stateless applications. The documentation could be done better, but overall it is a great streamlining tool.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use it for many of our clients. AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides a simple way to deploy, maintain and analyze our APIs.
  • Easy to use.
  • Extremely configurable.
  • Deployment hooks could be a little more straight forward and easier to understand.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk is well suited for web applications and application APIs.
Philip Cottray | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Elastic Beanstalk for an easy deployment of our API workloads. This allows your development teams to be agile and have regular releases with 0 downtime, and with minimal infrastructure worries as the VPC the workloads are deployed to are already securely locked down. Prior to this the development teams would have had to request a new server and go through the change control taking up to 1 week before a new release could be pushed out.
  • Zero downtime deployments
  • Auto scales, ensuring maximum flexibility.
  • Auto scaling also provides a cost saving as you only use what you need.
  • Agile deployments - dev environments regularly have 5+ releases a day.
  • More flexibility on the subnet structure (depending on use case scenario and how your VPC is carved up you can run out of address space quickly if you want to spread workloads across multiple AZs).
  • If development teams need Elastic Beanstalk admin access.....they automatically get EC2:* permisisons which isn't ideal.
  • A lot of the drawbacks can be addressed by using ECS.
Would recommend if you're new to container workloads or new to AWS. Also good if ayou're small start-up and don't necessarily want to worry about networking of your VPC or have the resources for a dedicated CloudOps engineer.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are currently using AWS Elastic Beanstalk to help us augment workloads when we have promotions or campaigns that require a variable amount of computing. This allows us to scale as needed with little or no interaction as we focus on the campaign orchestration to maximize our business processes.
  • Affordable way to scale computing with little involvement
  • Easy set up and ramp up
  • Good toolbox for several platforms with flexibility
  • Spinning up additional nodes can sometimes be slow based on your implementation
  • Testing the scaling can be tricky
  • Implementation of your code still needs to be solid or else you'll have some issues
I would recommend AWS Elastic Beanstalk if you have a workload that's already built and you need to add scalability. It doesn't take too many changes for your workload to be able to be deployed onto Elastic Beanstalk. If you are building out a new platform, I'd recommend looking into a native scaled solution.
Parikshith Malalur Jagadeesh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
AWS Elastic beanstalk makes it very easy for us to deploy the NodeJs applications which we create as part of any project instantly and this enables us to start using Node server without installing any required dependencies on cloud. Also when JAVA REST APIs are developed, the AWS Elastic beanstalk makes it extremely easy to deploy on the server, helping us with setting up environment time.
  • Supports multiple popular languages to be deployed easily and helps in saving developers' time.
  • Helps in scaling and load balancing based on the number of requests it is handling.
  • Provides a neat monitoring system for the servers running along with the access to the logs which can also be downloaded if required.
  • Can include more languages to be deployed (say Erlang) and not only popular languages.
  • Issues in packaging large applications, say more than 2GB to be frequently deployed by uploading the packages to quickly test something.
  • Takes considerable amount of time to just deploy simple applications on Elastic Beanstalk, can be frustrating for developers.
Great for any quick deployment of any application spanning across multiple technologies without need of setting it up manually and deploying it manually and the application is based on micro services which are stateless. Not appropriate if the application is not standalone and is interacting with other servers, say high availability systems.
Brad Ranks | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Elastic Beanstalk to deploy Node.js applications. In the past, we had to provision a server and then determine capacities. Now all of that worry is gone. Just upload and go! I love it. Now when we are asked to determine max load of the "system" we can pretty much just say, unlimited.
  • Fast to deploy
  • Easy to get up and running
  • Easy to manage
  • Command line interface could be easier, but it still works.
  • Documentation could be better
This is great for small services and applications that need to have up-time availability or are business critical. Pretty much everything that you have on the one computer in the corner (You know the one. It was a leftover computer that turned into a dev/testing box, then became the production utility box) Yeah, everyone does that at least once.... Put ALL of those projects into elastic beanstalk now.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In my current project, we are using Elastic Beanstalk with tomcat8 application, and have 4 different development environments with it. We are using Elastic Beanstalk to deploy, configure, and monitor our product client. It creates ev2 instances at the back, and handles scalability and performance issues very well.
  • Deployment management is very good.
  • Configuration and monitoring are easy.
  • There's no need for complicated configuration issues. You can deploy your application in minutes.
  • It should accept deployment from S3 buckets.
  • You cannot store old deployment packages up to 500.
Elastic Beanstalk is very suitable if you are also using other services from AWS. You can deploy your application in a very short time and configure it easily.
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
AWS Elastic Beanstalk is a great tool to use for supercharging the speed to deploy basic applications that are fine running in fairly generic, but high-quality configurations. In using ELB, most of the complicated tasks of server setup are performed by AWS, so your developers are able to focus their efforts on developing your application and less time worrying about how to configure the deployment.
  • Removes tedious, error-prone work from team focus for server configuration and environment setup.
  • AWS creates new stacks when underlying software requires security updates, or frameworks release new versions.
  • Greatly improves speed-to-production for many applications.
  • Free resource on top of AWS; it costs nothing additional to use Elastic Beanstalk over the cost of the underlying instances and resources.
  • 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.
Elastic Beanstalk is a great fit for a product that's already open to using Amazon Web Services, but has a team that does not want to work with environment setup. Furthermore, it's really only a fit for situations where the configuration needed from the team fits within a stack that Elastic Beanstalk offers. Even if you're interested in using one of the stacks they do support, you have more ability to modify configurations if you're handling all the setup and configuration on your own.
Rahul Chaudhary | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Elastic Beanstalk has been around for some time, but it never caught our eye until we started using AWS CodePipeline.
Currently, we use Elastic Beanstalk (EBS) to run applications on our pipeline. Each stage (dev, perf, prod) has its own set of servers defined under EBS. Our current solution is working very well with CodePipeline.
  • Fits perfectly in our infrastructure. CodeCommit, CodePipeline, and AWS BeanStalk, work in perfect harmony.
  • Easy to change deployment configurations. If I need more servers in my EBS, I just change configurations, and with a click of a button I get more servers. For example, moving from nano instances to micro, or simply adding/deleting more servers.
  • Better security, and upgrade. I usually get small notifications of software/OS updates, and if I choose to, I can simply redeploy my application on an upgraded system.
  • Different upgrade strategies. I haven't tested all [of them], but the current one has the transactional type capability, where if my deployment fails, it falls back to the previous stable one.
  • Difficult to understand. No matter how cute and easy the AWS videos sound, I find it difficult to understand. There are just too many configurations.
  • EBS is free, but you pay for the resources. Problem is, I end up using more resources, thus paying more.
  • They could work on their logging system a bit more. I would love more dashboard metrics in logging, and an easier way to look at logs.
  • An option to make the default URL more friendly. I am forced now to use Route 53 to get a more friendly DNS name, but would have loved if they would have provided a better name to begin with. There are long random strings which could go away.
- It works perfectly with other AWS resources like CodeCommit, CodePipeline. If you are working in an AWS environment, this is a MUST.
- Once you understand how it works, you can use it to easily scale and manage your application.
- It certainly is better than its competitors.

- More AWS resources to manage. Great! Though AWS is easy, with so many options, it is getting tiring to learn more new AWS stuff. So be careful, EBS isn't hard, but isn't easy either.
- If you have a single server, you don't need it.
Richard Rout | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Elastic Beanstalk handles the deployment and scaling of our applications without the need for any complicated setup, and yet still gives us full control over the provisioning and details of our deployed application. It's used by the developers to deploy our app, but the entire organization benefits from it. It saves us time and money.
  • Easy to set up deployment of many technologies.
  • Handles everything from app to database.
  • Integrates into IDEs for easy deployment.
  • For .NET - it doesn't quite compete with some of the Azure stuff when it comes to ease of use.
  • When there are problems, they can be hard to track down what went wrong.
  • It's AWS - so it always has that AWS learning curve for getting set up initially and configuring things.
[Well suited] for small teams that don't want to spend too much time doing their own dev ops or infrastructure setup.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I used this as a backend hosting solution for my portfolio. I was looking to dive deeper into AWS solutions and this was a fairly easy way to do so with little upfront knowledge. I was looking at alternatives to hosting my site on another service's linux hosting solution and opted to give this try.
  • Scales well
  • Easy to spin up
  • CLI tools are great
  • Documentation was either lacking or too complicated for a beginner
  • The act of removing an instance took me several days to be sure it was actually removed and I wouldn't get billed for it
  • Billing information and estimates are hard to follow
The CLI made getting started incredibly easy. Tutorials made it fairly simple to get up and running without too much fuss. That said, it can be a very complicated solution if all you need is a basic hosting platform. However, it can scale out rapidly and does this amazingly well.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Elastic Beanstalk as a quick and easy way to implement test environments in our development process. It allows us to quickly configure deployment scenarios and do testing that would otherwise take ages to set up with traditional in-house server technologies. We can easily scale up and down and test our apps against a true to life deployment configuration. It is only used by the development team.
  • Extremely easy to get set up and get apps deployed.
  • Integrates really well with existing build processes and is manageable through a suite of CLI tools.
  • It is very easy to scale up.
  • The documentation is exceptionally detailed and covers a very wide range of deployment scenarios.
  • The product is generally very good, but if there is one thing I'd improve it is the web-based user interface for managing instances.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk is very well suited to scenarios where an application uses a distributed service architecture that relies on multiple server instances and where reliability, scalability, and ease of maintenance are critical points. It excels in simplifying the deployment and staging process; and given the depth of documentation and good resources around the product, is a quick solution to the hard problem. In situations where large monolithic applications need to be hosted, there are more suitable platforms that provide virtual machines.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I used Elastic Beanstalk for my social networking application, Pindigo. It is a Node application I built it in my free time that serves a user base of roughly 2k users. Elastic Beanstalk allowed me to deploy my application with little configuration and effort.
  • Auto-scaling
  • Load-balancing
  • Provisioning
  • I wish the storage configuration was a little more intuitive. It would be nice to get up and running without having to learn about S3 first.
  • Interface isn't as streamlined or intuitive as it probably could be.
Elastic Beanstalk is perfect for getting an application deployed with little effort. It is less suitable for applications that do not require load balancing or auto-scaling. An AWS EC2 or Lightsail instance would be more appropriate for such needs.
February 06, 2018


Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We started using this service because we needed high reliability and good support. So we began hosting our app with it immediately
  • Readily available environments
  • server crashed and reset, losing our files, within the first week, and again later
  • support was a minimum of $27 and they did not give a response as to why the server reset
  • the most unreliable hosting i've ever used in more than 10 years of web development
  • all amazon's services are over-thought in nature
We were under the impression that this was a reliable service, but our experience is exactly the opposite of that.
Bottom line, if you want support that gets back with you in less than 24 hours, do not use these people.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I'm using AWS Elastic Beanstalk to deploy and manage my personnel web application. The free tier is amazing if you want to try it out, as Amazon provides fair free tier usage, so that you can try it out without paying anything. You just need to be careful about the traffic.
  • Elastic Beanstalk is a great product that provides tools for running your web application in few simple steps.
  • It works on top of the AWS EC2 and provides autoscaling, logging, monitoring for you out of the box.
  • Its security features are great, for those who are looking for it.
  • Their help and support is exceptional.
  • It has so many options and packages, that it is overwhelming for a newcomer.
  • I don't like the dynamic attribution of security groups: the names are random, so it's hard to understand what is going on.
  • The only disadvantage of using EBS is that the instance that gets setup as a part of the EBS environment isn't customizable since the users do not have access to that instance.
It is a fantastic solution if you take the time to learn what is behind it. Look into what you can do with Elastic Beanstalk extensions in particular - they are incredibly effective. Since I've used it mostly for deploying basic PHP applications, I can recommend that it is a very useful service for those purposes. It might not be the best thing to use for something that needs customized services to run on your server.
January 30, 2018

Amazon's Giant Beanstalk

Bill Artinger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Beanstalk across our entire organization. It has tremendously helped us stay current, scale to necessary size, and deploy web based content and applications. Being cloud based is a huge bonus, due to its always-on nature and failsafes pout in place to ensure the safety, reliability and availability of our content and data. It has been instrumental.
  • Cost effective
  • Scalable and reliable
  • LOADS of features
  • AWS as a whole can be intimidating, or hard to learn
  • Additional complexities are added at times due to nature of AWS/Cloud
Scenario where Beanstalk would be well suited is when a developer wants to push multiple versions or updates to an application - with its lightening fast configuration and deployment options. There is also a host of automation tools in place to assist. AWS Beanstalk would be less useful (or where it falls short) is if you make frequent changes and have stored old versions - there's a limit for that, that some may not know about until they hit it.
January 24, 2018

Scalable EBS

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We primarily use AWS Elastic Beanstalk (EBS) for client production websites. The EBS is set up to autoscale, so it works well for when our client's site traffic spikes. Additionally, our development team uses the Atlassian Bamboo to build and deploy to EBS.
  • Scalability: The ability to autoscale based on traffic helps with availability and overall cost.
  • Atlassian Bamboo third-party integration: EBS integrates well with the Atlassian tools. Once our DevOps team sets up the EBS environments and the Bamboo CI, our developers and QA team will be see the changes without the need to log into AWS and deploy the updates manually.
  • Amazon RDS: The RDS can be set up as a part of the EBS configuration or separately. This process to connect a separate RDS or external DB can be challenging, mainly due to security groups and permissions.
  • Application Bundle: When updating an EBS, an application bundle needs to be created. The application bundle is a ZIP file of the entire website. This would be bothersome if you only need to change one code file. But if this file is part of a website that was built on a multi-file/folder framework, you will be required to zip the entire site and push the zip file to an an S3 bucket for deployment. Single file updates are not possible.
Suited: Sites using a server side scripting engine like PHP and will experience bandwidth spikes due to press releases or campaigns. The scalability will help in keeping the overall monthly costs down.

Not Suited: Sites that do not need a server side scripting engine. It would be less expensive and more efficient to use AWS Cloudfront.
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