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AWS Elastic Beanstalk vs cloudControl: What are the differences?

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; cloudControl: Deploy and scale any app in Java, PHP, Python, Ruby and more. The cloudControl PaaS supports multiple languages and their ecosystems natively and without vendor lock-in through open source buildpacks. Native support means you can continue to use the tools you know and love for development and simply push your code to the cloudControl platform. A buildpack is run on each push and prepares your app for deployment. E.g. compiling source code, minifying CSS and Javascript assets, pulling in dependencies with Maven, Composer, PIP, Bundler and more.

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

Some of the features offered by AWS Elastic Beanstalk are:

  • 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

On the other hand, cloudControl provides the following key features:

  • Develop and push code in any language- Native support for Java, PHP, Python, Ruby and more without vendor lock-in.
  • Deploy and scale your apps easily- Launch new versions without downtime and use horizontal or vertical scaling.
  • Use the flexible and secure runtime environment- Run your code in secure Linux containers and easily use Add-on services to add databases and more.
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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.

What is cloudControl?

The cloudControl PaaS supports multiple languages and their ecosystems natively and without vendor lock-in through open source buildpacks. Native support means you can continue to use the tools you know and love for development and simply push your code to the cloudControl platform. A buildpack is run on each push and prepares your app for deployment. E.g. compiling source code, minifying CSS and Javascript assets, pulling in dependencies with Maven, Composer, PIP, Bundler and more.
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      What are some alternatives to AWS Elastic Beanstalk and cloudControl?
      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.
      AWS CodeDeploy
      AWS CodeDeploy is a service that automates code deployments to Amazon EC2 instances. AWS CodeDeploy makes it easier for you to rapidly release new features, helps you avoid downtime during deployment, and handles the complexity of updating your applications.
      Docker
      The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
      AWS CloudFormation
      You can use AWS CloudFormation’s sample templates or create your own templates to describe the AWS resources, and any associated dependencies or runtime parameters, required to run your application. You don’t need to figure out the order in which AWS services need to be provisioned or the subtleties of how to make those dependencies work.
      Azure App Service
      Quickly build, deploy, and scale web apps created with popular frameworks .NET, .NET Core, Node.js, Java, PHP, Ruby, or Python, in containers or running on any operating system. Meet rigorous, enterprise-grade performance, security, and compliance requirements by using the fully managed platform for your operational and monitoring tasks.
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      Decisions about AWS Elastic Beanstalk and cloudControl
      Jerome Dalbert
      Jerome Dalbert
      Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 7 upvotes · 22K 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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      How developers use AWS Elastic Beanstalk and cloudControl
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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.

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      Flux Work uses AWS Elastic BeanstalkAWS Elastic Beanstalk

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

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      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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