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AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution. Using it, you can upload your environment configurations and application code in the AWS Cloud. To store and run this application within the AWS Cloud, Elastic Beanstalk will automatically provision and set up the necessary resources.

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Why choose AWS Elastic Beanstalk?

You may come across several other PaaS solutions in the market today that claim to reduce the hassle of deployment and scaling of web applications and services.

However, these solutions significantly diminish the flexibility and control you can exercise on such apps and services. That’s where AWS Elastic Beanstalk is different. It frees developers from deployment-oriented tasks and lets them focus better on developing their applications. At the same time, it also facilitates full control over the AWS resources that power the applications.

At Pentagon, we offer AWS Elastic Beanstalk as part of our AWS managed services for web applications. Our Elastic Beanstalk specialists can help you to easily upload applications using an IDE (integrated development environment) or the AWS Management Console, run high-quality configurations on the AWS Cloud, and scale your applications up or down automatically.

Benefits of using AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk supports multiple languages and provides tools to automate background tasks. Below is a list of benefits of using AWS Elastic Beanstalk to run your applications in the cloud.

Supports different application environments

From PHP, .NET, Java, Python, and Node.js to Ruby, Docker and Go, Elastic Beanstalk supports different coding platforms and containers. You can deploy web apps and services developed with these on popular servers like Nginx, Apache, Microsoft IIS, and Passenger.

Automates deployment, management, and updates

Once you upload the code, deployment and management would be automatic. This means you don’t need to handle tasks like provisioning servers, auto scaling, setting up load balancers, or health monitoring of the app. You won’t even need to worry about updates for platform versions or new patches as these too are automated.

Meets compliance requirements

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is compliant with PCI, ISO, HIPAA, SOC 3, SOC 2, and SOC 1. This means the applications you run on Elastic Beanstalk are capable of processing protected health information or regulated financial data.

Offers customization and complete control over resources

AWS Elastic Beanstalk lets you enjoy the freedom of choosing the AWS resources (like types of Amazon EC2 instances) that can help your app to work optimally. Additionally, for every Elastic Beanstalk application, you'll be able to view and edit the settings of different categories such as server, load balancer, autoscaling, notifications, and container. This way, you can exercise full control over the AWS resources that power your app and even fine-tune your app’s performance as well as resource utilization.

Auto Scaling

Elastic Beanstalk environment comes with an 'auto scaling group' that manages your Amazon EC2 instances. By using auto scaling, you can ensure your app always has the correct capacity to handle the existing traffic demands. Since the health of every Amazon EC2 instance that’s launched is monitored closely by auto scaling, a replacement instance gets launched if any instance stops functioning suddenly. For optimal use of auto scaling, you'll need to configure triggers suitable for your instance type, application, and service requirements. You can use different statistics for scaling that includes disk I/O, latency, request count, and CPU utilization.

Pricing

You won’t need to pay anything extra when you use AWS Elastic Beanstalk. You’ll simply need to pay for the resources and services provisioned by Elastic Beanstalk. Additionally, with the ‘auto scaling’ feature, you can increase and decrease your application’s capacity on-demand dynamically. And since you just need to pay for the EC2 instances you use, you can launch instances as and when needed, and pay for them. This means you can terminate instances when they’re no longer needed and thus, save money.

Frequently asked questions

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1. What is AWS Elastic Beanstalk used for?

It’s used for easy and fast deployment and management of web services and applications that you upload to the AWS Cloud. It supports multiple web applications including Java, Node.js, Python, PHP, .NET, Go, Docker, and Ruby. It also supports servers like Nginx, Apache, Microsoft IIS, and Passenger. After you have uploaded your application, Elastic Beanstalk will provision and set up the required resources automatically. These include load balancing, capacity provisioning, auto scaling, application health monitoring, etc.

2. Is AWS Elastic Beanstalk PaaS?

Yes, AWS Elastic Beanstalk is a PaaS solution. Usually, developers use PaaS (platform-as-a-service) to build applications or software. Driven by the virtualization technology, PaaS offers them a scalable tier of resources to suit their varied needs. These resources are easy to access and run by multiple users. Elastic Beanstalk offers AWS Cloud resources such as Amazon RDS, Amazon EC2, Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, etc. to set up an environment where your applications can run smoothly.

3. What is the difference between EC2 and Elastic Beanstalk?

By using EC2 instances, you can build and launch servers in the AWS cloud. These instances provide you with an entire range of web services API to access different services available on the AWS platform. Basically, Elastic Beanstalk is one layer of abstraction farther from the EC2 layer. When you build a Beanstalk application, the servers are EC2 instances. However, the environment that’s set up also contains other AWS components like Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, etc.

4. Key features of AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk supports web applications created using a variety of languages and frameworks (Java, Node.js, Python, etc). Transitioning from the development machine to the AWS Cloud is easy as minimal to no coding changes are needed. With Beanstalk, you’ll get an array of application deployment options. These include the Elastic Beanstalk Command Line Interface, AWS Management Console, Eclipse, and Visual Studio. For your application health monitoring, Elastic Beanstalk collects over 40 key attributes and metrics. Automatic application management and updation plus auto scaling and customization of applications are its other notable features. Beanstalk is also compliant with PCI, ISO, HIPAA, SOC 3, SOC 2, and SOC 1.

5. Languages Supported for AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk supports programming languages such as Java, Go, PHP, Node.js, Python, and Ruby. But you may ask whether it will support other languages. The answer is YES. Elastic Beanstalk is designed in such a way that in the future, it can be extended to support several other programming languages and development stacks. At present, AWS is working closely with solution providers to develop the APIs and capabilities required for building supplementary Elastic Beanstalk offerings.

6. What are the deployment methods used in AWS Elastic Beanstalk?

AWS Elastic Beanstalk lets you choose from the following deployment options:

  • All at once: Here, all instances in your environment are deployed simultaneously. This means all your instances will be out of service for a little bit while the deployment happens.
  • Rolling: Deployment occurs in batches. During deployment, each batch is taken out of service. This decreases the capacity of your environment by the number of instances that a batch contains.
  • Rolling with additional batch: Beanstalk provisions an extra batch of instances at first. The new version then gets deployed in batches. Thus, this method ensures that you’ve got full capacity while the deployment is in progress. Even if the deployment fails, your instance fleet size won’t be affected.
  • Immutable: This method considers your instances as immutable. This means they aren’t updated or changed, but replaced. Your fleet size will be duplicated by Elastic Beanstalk for a short time, after which it’ll start deployments to them. After a successful deployment, old instances will get terminated.
  • Traffic splitting: You can use this method for deploying the new version of application to a fresh group of instances. Then, you can divide incoming client traffic temporarily between the new application version and the existing one.

7. Supported Applications and software stacks

Elastic Beanstalk supports Apache HTTP server for PHP applications, Node.js applications, and Python applications. Additionally, it supports Nginx server for Node.js applications and Apache Tomcat for Java applications. Puma or Passenger for Ruby applications and Microsoft IIS 8.5, 8.0, and 7.5 for .NET applications along with Java SE, Go, and Docker are also supported by it. You can even use Amazon RDS to add a PostgreSQL, SQL, MySQL, or Oracle server database to your environment after or during the Beanstalk environment creation.

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