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AppHarbor vs AWS Elastic Beanstalk: What are the differences?

What is AppHarbor? Instantly deploy and scale .NET applications. AppHarbor is a fully hosted .NET Platform as a Service. AppHarbor can deploy and scale any standard .NET application to the cloud.

What is AWS Elastic Beanstalk? Quickly deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. Once you upload your application, Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.

AppHarbor and AWS Elastic Beanstalk belong to "Platform as a Service" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by AppHarbor are:

  • You push .NET and Windows code to AppHarbor using Git, Mercurial, Subversion or Team Foundation Server with the complimentary Git service or through integrations offered in collaboration with Bitbucket, CodePlex and GitHub.
  • When AppHarbor receives your code it will be built by a build server. If the code compiles all unit tests contained in the compiled assemblies will be run. The result and progress of the build and unit test status can be monitored on the application dashboard. AppHarbor will call any service hooks that you add to notify you of the build result.
  • If everything checks out the application is deployed and configured on AppHarbor application servers. AppHarbor can scale an application vertically and horizontally within seconds for better request throughout, performance and failover. AppHarbor balance load across all instances running that application. Scaling an application gives higher request thoughput, redundancy in case of instance failure and better performance.

On the other hand, AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides the following key features:

  • Elastic Beanstalk is built using familiar software stacks such as the Apache HTTP Server for Node.js, PHP and Python, Passenger for Ruby, IIS 7.5 for .NET, and Apache Tomcat for Java
  • There is no additional charge for Elastic Beanstalk - you pay only for the AWS resources needed to store and run your applications.
  • Easy to begin – Elastic Beanstalk is a quick and simple way to deploy your application to AWS. You simply use the AWS Management Console, Git deployment, or an integrated development environment (IDE) such as Eclipse or Visual Studio to upload your application

"Has a totally free account option" is the primary reason why developers consider AppHarbor over the competitors, whereas "Integrates with other aws services" was stated as the key factor in picking AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

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What is AppHarbor?

AppHarbor is a fully hosted .NET Platform as a Service. AppHarbor can deploy and scale any standard .NET application to the cloud.

What is AWS Elastic Beanstalk?

Once you upload your application, Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.
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    What are some alternatives to AppHarbor and AWS Elastic Beanstalk?
    Heroku
    Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.
    Google App Engine
    Google has a reputation for highly reliable, high performance infrastructure. With App Engine you can take advantage of the 10 years of knowledge Google has in running massively scalable, performance driven systems. App Engine applications are easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as your traffic and data storage needs grow.
    Apollo
    Build a universal GraphQL API on top of your existing REST APIs, so you can ship new application features fast without waiting on backend changes.
    OpenShift
    OpenShift is Red Hat's Cloud Computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. OpenShift is an application platform in the cloud where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications.
    Azure Websites
    Azure Websites is a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables you to build, deploy and scale enterprise-grade web Apps in seconds. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you.
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    Decisions about AppHarbor and AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    Jerome Dalbert
    Jerome Dalbert
    Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 7 upvotes · 18.8K views
    atGratify CommerceGratify Commerce
    Rails
    Rails
    Heroku
    Heroku
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    #PaaS

    When creating the web infrastructure for our start-up, I wanted to host our app on a PaaS to get started quickly.

    A very popular one for Rails is Heroku, which I love for free hobby side projects, but never used professionally. On the other hand, I was very familiar with the AWS ecosystem, and since I was going to use some of its services anyways, I thought: why not go all in on it?

    It turns out that Amazon offers a PaaS called AWS Elastic Beanstalk, which is basically like an “AWS Heroku”. It even comes with a similar command-line utility, called "eb”. While edge-case Rails problems are not as well documented as with Heroku, it was very satisfying to manage all our cloud services under the same AWS account. There are auto-scaling options for web and worker instances, which is a nice touch. Overall, it was reliable, and I would recommend it to anyone planning on heavily using AWS.

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    AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    Heroku
    Heroku
    Ruby
    Ruby
    Rails
    Rails
    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL
    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL
    MariaDB
    MariaDB
    Microsoft SQL Server
    Microsoft SQL Server
    Amazon RDS
    Amazon RDS
    AWS Lambda
    AWS Lambda
    Python
    Python
    Redis
    Redis
    Memcached
    Memcached
    AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
    AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
    Amazon Elasticsearch Service
    Amazon Elasticsearch Service
    Amazon ElastiCache
    Amazon ElastiCache

    We initially started out with Heroku as our PaaS provider due to a desire to use it by our original developer for our Ruby on Rails application/website at the time. We were finding response times slow, it was painfully slow, sometimes taking 10 seconds to start loading the main page. Moving up to the next "compute" level was going to be very expensive.

    We moved our site over to AWS Elastic Beanstalk , not only did response times on the site practically become instant, our cloud bill for the application was cut in half.

    In database world we are currently using Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL also, we have both MariaDB and Microsoft SQL Server both hosted on Amazon RDS. The plan is to migrate to AWS Aurora Serverless for all 3 of those database systems.

    Additional services we use for our public applications: AWS Lambda, Python, Redis, Memcached, AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon Elasticsearch Service, Amazon ElastiCache

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    Gunicorn
    Gunicorn
    uWSGI
    uWSGI
    Heroku
    Heroku
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk

    I use Gunicorn because does one thing - it’s a WSGI HTTP server - and it does it well. Deploy it quickly and easily, and let the rest of your stack do what the rest of your stack does well, wherever that may be.

    uWSGI “aims at developing a full stack for building hosting services” - if that’s a thing you need then ok, but I like the principle of doing one thing well, and I deploy to platforms like Heroku and AWS Elastic Beanstalk where the rest of the “hosting service” is provided and managed for me.

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    Reviews of AppHarbor and AWS Elastic Beanstalk
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    Software Engineer at Viagogo
    Review ofAppHarborAppHarbor

    AppHarbor is an amazing tool for indie developers or startups that are just getting on their feet. To put it short, AppHarbor is the Heroku of .NET, being developer friendly, cost effective and performant.

    Their platform has some nice features including the plugins (integrations with different services such as shared or dedicated RDBMS instances, document repositories, messaging queues, logging and monitoring services, etc.) that are extremely easy to use, and especially integrations with BitBucket and GitHub.

    It's such a pleasure to work with the integrations mentioned, that whenever a developer pushes commits to the selected branch, AppHarbor automatically pulls, updates, builds, runs the unit tests and deploys. The cream of the crop is the fact that even the free tier supports this workflow which is practically a continuous delivery approach. And this makes AppHarbor perfect for startups and independent developers.

    And, for established companies, I have to add the fact that their customer support is quite good.

    How developers use AppHarbor and AWS Elastic Beanstalk
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    ONLICAR uses AWS Elastic BeanstalkAWS Elastic Beanstalk

    Elastic Beanstalk gives us a managed platform for our front end servers to make sure that traffic is never overloading our servers and that deployments are always successful.

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    Lumanu uses AWS Elastic BeanstalkAWS Elastic Beanstalk

    Elastic Beanstalk manages our environments. We rely on it to manage rolling out new versions of services.

    Avatar of Flux Work
    Flux Work uses AWS Elastic BeanstalkAWS Elastic Beanstalk

    Easy to get started. Essentially a package of several AWS products integrated for you.

    Avatar of Daniel Pupius
    Daniel Pupius uses AWS Elastic BeanstalkAWS Elastic Beanstalk

    For convenience I use Elastic Beanstalk to host all my sites.

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    Undisclosed, Do Not Contact or Spam Please uses AWS Elastic BeanstalkAWS Elastic Beanstalk

    All server-side deployments go to one of 5 EB environments.

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