With the launch of Amazon Elastic Beanstalk in 2011 by Amazon Web Services (AWS), the growth of this service has been incredible. Amazon Elastic Beanstalk gives administrators and developers a way to deploy and manage their applications quickly and easily without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure. So how exactly does this automated, fast, simple, and scalable environment work?
How Amazon Elastic Beanstalk Works?
Elastic Beanstalk can quickly deploy and manage web applications in the AWS cloud. It can be used on managed containers that support environments for you such as Java, PHP, Python, .Net, Node.js, Ruby and Docker on familiar servers such as EC2, S3, SNS, ELB, and Auto-scaling. Accessed through the AWS management console, command line interface or API, you just choose a platform and an EC2 instance type ie(t2.micro), you can choose additional services to use such as create RDS DB instances or create inside a VPC, then you just upload your code and Elastic Beanstalk will handle the rest.
Amazons Elastic Beanstalk provisions necessary infrastructure resources such as load balancer, auto scaling group, security groups, databases (optional). Provides Web servers and worker tiers and provides a unique name for your application (eg: yourapp.elasticbeanstalk.com)
Does this Mean Elastic Beanstalk has full control of my EC2 and other instances?
No, with Elastic Beanstalk you contain full control over all the AWS resources powering your app. You can take over all or some of your resources at any time so you are not forced to live with predetermined configurations. Because Elastic BeanStalk is a platform for startups it allows you to focus on building web or mobile apps for your users without spending a lot of time managing and configuring infrastructure, you get to build things like websites, content management systems, API backend and other applications.
So how much does this cost and what is its availability?
Elastic Beanstalk automatically load-balances and manages scale helping to make sure your app is always available, to scale up or down, you tweak any resource you want, when you need to, giving you complete control under the hood. The great news for customers is that Elastic beanstalk is free, you only pay for the AWS resources needed to store and run your applications.
What are the Benefits of Elastic Beanstalk for AWS Customers?
Elastic beanstalk reduces the cost, time, and risk, by delivering regular incremental value to users. With the ability to reduce the burden on IT administrators by taken away the daily task of patching , monitoring configuring, implementing manpower can be redirected. By creating a faster time to market Elastic beanstalk focuses on innovation not managing infrastructure, industry standard security policies can be automated and same security can be added with dev test and production. AWS customers only pay for what they use. With rapid deployment, the ability to use any datastore, with root access monitoring and notification AWS customers can enjoy a hassle free environment.
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