Amazon Web Services (AWS), has been the first to offer a range of services that allow you to manage your AWS infrastructure. AWS also offers Elastic Beanstalk, a popular service in AWS’s cloud.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk helps you deploy and manage applications in the AWS Cloud. You don’t even need to know anything about the infrastructure required to run these applications. Interesting, right? Let’s make it even more interesting by diving into the heart of Elastic Beanstalk.
This blog will cover AWS Elastic Beanstalk, its features and benefits, as well as how to get started. So, let’s begin.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk Overview
AWS Elastic Beanstalk allows you to deploy and scale web applications. This service supports various languages such as Java,.NET and PHP. It works with familiar servers such as Apache, Nginx and Passenger. Let’s break down Elastic Beanstalk into its most important points to help you better understand it.
First, upload your code. Elastic Beanstalk handles the deployment from:capacity provisioning
auto-scaling and application health monitoring. This allows you to have full control over the AWS resources that power your application and can access the resources at any time.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk can also reduce management complexity without limiting your options or control.
Thirdly, it supports various languages which makes it easier to deploy your application. Elastic Beanstalk then creates the supported platform version and provision one or more AWS resources, such as Amazon EC2 instances, to run your application.
Fourth, you can interact with Elastic Beanstalk using the Elastic Beanstalk console
The AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CI)
eb (This high-level CLI is specifically designed for Elastic Beanstalk.
Elastic Beanstalk also lets you perform deployment tasks such as:switching the size your fleet of Amazon EC2 instances
Monitoring application via the Elastic Beanstalk web-interface
Elastic Beanstalk can also be used.
First, create an application
Second, upload an application version to Elastic Beanstalk in the form an application source bundle
Lastly, provide information about your application. Elastic Beanstalk will automatically launch an environment and configure the AWS resources necessary for running code.
Workflow of elastic beanstalk
Image Source: AWSBenefits from AWS Elastic Beanstalk
First, Elastic Beanstalk provides the fastest and easiest way to deploy applications on AWS. To upload an application, use: The AWS Management Console
A Git repository
An integrated development environment (IDE)
It also helps to provision and operate the infrastructure and manage the application stack (platform). This reduces the time spent on developing expertise. This means that you can spend your time writing code and not managing load balancers, load balancers and firewalls.
Third, Elastic Beanstalk can automatically scale applications up or down based on your application’s requirements using easily adjustable Auto Scaling settings.
Lastly, you can choose the AWS resources such as Amazon EC2 instance types. Elastic Beanstalk also allows you to take full control over the AWS resources that power your application.
The next section will discuss the unique features of AWS Elastic Beanstalk, which make it an attractive and useful service on the market.
What are the main features of AWS Elastic Beanstalk
We know that AWS Elastic beanstalk is the best way to get web applications up and running on AWS. Developers need to upload their application code. The service handles all details, including resource provisioning and load balancing, auto scaling, monitoring, and monitoring. This is not all! Let’s explore the other areas that it offers using its features.
1. A wide range of application platforms available
AWS Elastic Beanstalk supports web apps written in top programming languages or frameworks. You don’t need to make any code changes to move from the development machine into the cloud. You have the option of choosing from a variety application platforms such as Java,.NET or Node.js. This allows you to deploy web applications on Java,.NET or Node.js.
2. There are many options for application deployment
AWS Elastic Beanstalk allows you to deploy your code through:
AWS Management Console,
Elastic Beanstalk Command Line Interface
Eclipse. Further, Eclipse allows you to choose from multiple deployment policies such as all at once (rolling), rolling with an additional batch and immutable (blue/green).
AWS Elastic Beanstalk offers a unified user interface that allows you to monitor and manage the health of your applications.
Elastic Beanstalk tracks more than 40 attributes and key metrics to determine the health of an application. The Elastic Beanstalk Health Dashboard provides access to:
Visualizing the overall health of your application
One interface for customizing application health checks, permissions, and reporting on health.
Monitoring, Logging and Tracing
Elastic Beanstalk can be combined with AWS X-Ray or Amazon CloudWatch. This means that you can view key performance metrics such as latency, CPU utilization and response codes from the monitoring dashboard. CloudWatch alarms can be set up to notify you when metrics exceed certain thresholds.
4. Management and updates
You have the option to have AWS Elastic Beanstalk update automatically to the latest version of your Elastic Beanstalk environment.