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AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Overview

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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Popular Features

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  • Scalability (27)
    9.6
    96%
  • Platform management overhead (26)
    9.0
    90%
  • Development environment replication (27)
    8.3
    83%
  • Platform access control (26)
    7.7
    77%
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No Charge

$0

Cloud
Users pay for AWS resources (e.g. EC2, S3 buckets, etc.) used to store and run the application.

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $35 per month
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Product Demos

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Tutorial | AWS Certification | AWS Tutorial | Edureka

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Features

Platform-as-a-Service

Platform as a Service is the set of tools and services designed to make coding and deploying applications much more efficient

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Product Details

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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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Reviews and Ratings

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Partha Roy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.)
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
  • 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!
Ramindu Deshapriya | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Philip Cottray | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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
Parikshith Malalur Jagadeesh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Rahul Chaudhary | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Richard Rout | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
February 06, 2018

the.worst.service.ever

Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
January 24, 2018

Scalable EBS

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
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