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AWS Elastic Beanstalk vs Gunicorn: What are the differences?

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.

What is Gunicorn? A Python WSGI HTTP Server for UNIX. Gunicorn is a pre-fork worker model ported from Ruby's Unicorn project. The Gunicorn server is broadly compatible with various web frameworks, simply implemented, light on server resources, and fairly speedy.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk can be classified as a tool in the "Platform as a Service" category, while Gunicorn is grouped under "Web Servers".

"Integrates with other aws services" is the primary reason why developers consider AWS Elastic Beanstalk over the competitors, whereas "Python" was stated as the key factor in picking Gunicorn.

Gunicorn is an open source tool with 5.96K GitHub stars and 1.12K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Gunicorn's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, AWS Elastic Beanstalk has a broader approval, being mentioned in 374 company stacks & 118 developers stacks; compared to Gunicorn, which is listed in 184 company stacks and 51 developer stacks.

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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 Gunicorn?

Gunicorn is a pre-fork worker model ported from Ruby's Unicorn project. The Gunicorn server is broadly compatible with various web frameworks, simply implemented, light on server resources, and fairly speedy.
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    What are some alternatives to AWS Elastic Beanstalk and Gunicorn?
    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
    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.
    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.
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    Decisions about AWS Elastic Beanstalk and Gunicorn
    Jerome Dalbert
    Jerome Dalbert
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    atGratify CommerceGratify Commerce
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    Heroku
    Heroku
    Rails
    Rails
    #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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    Amazon ElastiCache
    Amazon ElastiCache
    Amazon Elasticsearch Service
    Amazon Elasticsearch Service
    AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
    AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
    Memcached
    Memcached
    Redis
    Redis
    Python
    Python
    AWS Lambda
    AWS Lambda
    Amazon RDS
    Amazon RDS
    Microsoft SQL Server
    Microsoft SQL Server
    MariaDB
    MariaDB
    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL
    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL
    Rails
    Rails
    Ruby
    Ruby
    Heroku
    Heroku
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk

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

    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 Gunicorn
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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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    Banyan uses GunicornGunicorn

    Gunicorn is WSGI container that we used to run our Tornado code as it supports Asynchronous operations on tornado.

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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 MiW CryptAnalytics
    MiW CryptAnalytics uses GunicornGunicorn

    Gunicorn runs as the HTTP application server. Serves the django application in WSGI mode.

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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.

    Avatar of TOMIS
    TOMIS uses GunicornGunicorn

    uWSGI server that is easy to configure with Nginx and Django

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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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    Val Neekman uses GunicornGunicorn

    Gunicorn is used as the backend webserver

    Avatar of Alec Cunningham
    Alec Cunningham uses GunicornGunicorn

    Runs my Django based API through nginx.

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