Climbing the Beanstalk: Best way to manage applications in the AWS giant's house
February 28, 2020

Climbing the Beanstalk: Best way to manage applications in the AWS giant's house

Ramindu Deshapriya | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with AWS Elastic Beanstalk

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.
  • Reduced time from development to deployment by 30% over typical deployments to EC2 instances
  • Reduced performance tuning time by 50% over classic auto-scaling group configuration and EC2 instances
  • Reduced time to configure security for an application by 15% over classic VPC, IG and Security Group configuration times
The AWS platform provides a great deal of configurability that is abstracted and provided very well through AWS Elastic Beanstalk. This is the main reason for choosing Elastic Beanstalk over competing services. Another reason for selecting AWS Beanstalk was vendor compatibility, and the fact that our current infrastructure is running mostly on AWS services.
Based on the support contract you have purchased from AWS, support for Elastic Beanstalk can be very good. We have Enterprise-level support and have AWS architects on-call to help us out with any issues. There is a great deal of support material for Elastic Beanstalk apart from that as well, from forums to support groups on various communication channels. With this help, we were able to resolve any issues we had with Elastic Beanstalk very quickly.

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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.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Feature Ratings

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Services-enabled integration
Development environment creation
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Issue monitoring and notification
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