AWS Elastic Beanstalk Gets Code into the Cloud with Minimal Difficulty
April 29, 2021

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Gets Code into the Cloud with Minimal Difficulty

Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with AWS Elastic Beanstalk

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 allows for quick iteration on application code with built in deployment mechanisms.
  • Configuration can be difficult to manage in complex applications, specifically in applications with multiple environments.
I have used App Engine on Google Cloud Platform and App Service on Microsoft Azure. Both offer similar capabilities to AWS Elastic Beanstalk. App Engine has the nice ability to scale to 0 instances when the application has not been in use for some time. This allows for substantial cost savings for dev, test, and even infrequently used production environments compared to AWS Elastic Beanstalk where environments are expected to run 24x7 regardless of load[,] and stopping or pausing an environment can prove to be difficult. I've only been using App Service for a short period of time as of this writing and can't offer a deep comparison [...] to AWS Elastic Beanstalk. However, I do appreciate AWS Elastic Beanstalk's ease of use in most cases compared to my App Service experience so far.

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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.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Feature Ratings

Platform management overhead
Workflow engine capability
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Services-enabled integration
Development environment creation
Development environment replication
Issue monitoring and notification
Issue recovery
Upgrades and platform fixes