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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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