Getting Started with Amazon Elastic Beanstalk

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk is a PAAS (Platform as a Service) service that allows developers to upload application code to AWS and quickly deploy an application on AWS.  Amazon Elastic Beanstalk is one of the easiest and quickest ways to host an application on AWS.

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk automates the deployment process so that developers do not have to worry about the infrastructure layer. This speeds up deployment time and manages application deployment automatically.

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk automatically controls

  • Deployment,
  • Load Balancing,
  • Provisioning,
  • Application Health Checks,
  • Application Scalability.

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk uses automatic scaling and elastic load balancing to support heavy traffic volumes on an application. There is no additional fee for using Elastic Beanstalk you only pay for the resources used to host application.

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk Features

Automation and Scalability

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk has many features that can benefit developers when deploying applications to AWS. One of the biggest benefits is the automatic scalability, for example when applications traffic volumes are high and another server (EC2 instance) is required, Amazon Elastic Beanstalk can deploy server automatically.   Automatic updates for underlying infrastructure such as the OS, framework and proxy/application server can also be enabled.

Metrics and Alarms

Cloud Watch services are built into Amazon Elastic Beanstalk so that metrics can be set to notify the developer of these changes through the Amazon SNS service. Elastic Beanstalk is also free of charge but you must pay for resources used to deploy application e.g. S3 and EC2 instances.  It can also update the bottom layer by scheduling updates for the operating system, frameworks being used and the proxy/application server.

Full Management Control on Resources

When an application code is uploaded to Amazon Elastic Beanstalk, resources are deployed automatically. However, Developers still have the ability to choose which instance type best suits their application, what database to use, enabling security protocols such as HTTPS, you can also adjust the auto-scaling options for metrics and when to add and remove instances for an application.

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk Benefits

Easy to Deploy and Time Effective

Using Amazon Elastic Beanstalk is one of the quickest ways to deploy an application onto AWS. The developer simply uploads the application code and Elastic Beanstalk handles the deployment, load balancing and provisioning for an application.

Increased Productivity

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk ensures that all infrastructure is provisioned correctly, up to date and the latest patches are applied. Therefore Developers can focus on writing code rather than maintaining infrastructure for the application.

Scalability and Flexibility

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk automatically scales your application up and down depending on its needs. For example, if there is a peak in traffic another instance can be deployed. You can also adjust the auto-scaling options for CPU utilization metrics for triggers, the metric triggers are handled by CloudWatch.

Full Resource Control and Customization

When using Amazon Elastic Beanstalk deployment, updates and provisioning are automated. However, the developer can adjust all settings within Amazon Elastic Beanstalk such as auto-scaling. You also have full control over all resources powering applications. You also have the ability to change the configuration of resources. All elements can be automated for the applications infrastructure but you can take control of selected elements you wish to control yourself.  You can also customize what infrastructure to use and the application itself whilst using Amazon Elastic Beanstalk.

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