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Beanstalk vs Kubernetes: What are the differences?

Key Differences between Beanstalk and Kubernetes

Introduction:

Below are the key differences between Beanstalk and Kubernetes.

  1. Architecture: Beanstalk is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) that simplifies the deployment and management of applications, providing a fully managed environment. It abstracts the underlying infrastructure and manages the platform components. On the other hand, Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestration platform that automates the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. It provides a highly scalable and fault-tolerant system.

  2. Scalability and Flexibility: Beanstalk offers auto scaling capabilities, allowing applications to handle increased traffic and workload by automatically adding or removing instances based on predefined metrics. It offers limited flexibility for customizations and advanced configurations. In contrast, Kubernetes provides extensive scalability and flexibility. It supports horizontal pod autoscaling, allowing applications to scale based on CPU usage or custom metrics. It also offers advanced features like node auto scaling, affinity, and anti-affinity rules for fine-grained control.

  3. Platform Support: Beanstalk supports multiple programming languages and environments, including Java, .NET, Node.js, PHP, Ruby, Python, and Go. It integrates well with the AWS ecosystem and can utilize various AWS services. Kubernetes, being a container orchestration platform, is language-agnostic. It can run any application packaged inside containers, regardless of the programming language or framework used.

  4. Infrastructure Management: Beanstalk abstracts the underlying infrastructure and manages it on behalf of the user. It automatically handles tasks like provisioning virtual machines, load balancing, and network configuration. Kubernetes, on the other hand, requires manual management of the underlying infrastructure. It can be deployed on various cloud providers, on-premises, or in hybrid environments. The user is responsible for provisioning and managing the infrastructure resources.

  5. Containerization Support: Beanstalk supports both Docker and Java Archive (JAR) files for application deployment. It provides an easy-to-use interface for deploying containerized applications. Kubernetes, being a container orchestration platform, provides native support for Docker containers. It can manage and schedule containers across a cluster of nodes to ensure high availability and resource optimization.

  6. Cluster Management: Beanstalk manages the underlying platform and abstracts the cluster management complexities. It automatically creates and manages the cluster of instances required to run the application. It simplifies the deployment process for developers by providing a straightforward workflow. Kubernetes, on the other hand, requires manual cluster management. It allows users to define and manage the cluster infrastructure, including controlling the number of nodes, networking, and storage configurations.

In Summary, Beanstalk is a fully managed PaaS that provides simplified deployment and management of applications, while Kubernetes is a container orchestration platform that offers extensive scalability, flexibility, and control over the infrastructure and application lifecycle.

Decisions about Beanstalk and Kubernetes
Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 30 upvotes · 8.8M views

Our whole DevOps stack consists of the following tools:

  • GitHub (incl. GitHub Pages/Markdown for Documentation, GettingStarted and HowTo's) for collaborative review and code management tool
  • Respectively Git as revision control system
  • SourceTree as Git GUI
  • Visual Studio Code as IDE
  • CircleCI for continuous integration (automatize development process)
  • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
  • SonarQube as quality gate
  • Docker as container management (incl. Docker Compose for multi-container application management)
  • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
  • Kubernetes as cluster management for docker containers
  • Heroku for deploying in test environments
  • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
  • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
  • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
  • PostgreSQL as preferred database system
  • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

The main reason we have chosen Kubernetes over Docker Swarm is related to the following artifacts:

  • Key features: Easy and flexible installation, Clear dashboard, Great scaling operations, Monitoring is an integral part, Great load balancing concepts, Monitors the condition and ensures compensation in the event of failure.
  • Applications: An application can be deployed using a combination of pods, deployments, and services (or micro-services).
  • Functionality: Kubernetes as a complex installation and setup process, but it not as limited as Docker Swarm.
  • Monitoring: It supports multiple versions of logging and monitoring when the services are deployed within the cluster (Elasticsearch/Kibana (ELK), Heapster/Grafana, Sysdig cloud integration).
  • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
  • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
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Pros of Beanstalk
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    Ftp deploy
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    Deployment
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    Easy to navigate
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    Code Editing
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    HipChat Integration
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    Integrations
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    Code review
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    HTML Preview
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    Security
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    Blame Tool
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    Cohesion
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    Leading docker container management solution
  • 128
    Simple and powerful
  • 106
    Open source
  • 76
    Backed by google
  • 58
    The right abstractions
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    Scale services
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    Replication controller
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    Permission managment
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    Supports autoscaling
  • 8
    Cheap
  • 8
    Simple
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    Self-healing
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    No cloud platform lock-in
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    Promotes modern/good infrascture practice
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    Open, powerful, stable
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    Reliable
  • 4
    Scalable
  • 4
    Quick cloud setup
  • 3
    Cloud Agnostic
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    Captain of Container Ship
  • 3
    A self healing environment with rich metadata
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    Runs on azure
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    Backed by Red Hat
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    Custom and extensibility
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    Sfg
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    Gke
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    Everything of CaaS
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    Golang
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    Easy setup
  • 2
    Expandable

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Cons of Beanstalk
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      Steep learning curve
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      Poor workflow for development
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      Orchestrates only infrastructure
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      High resource requirements for on-prem clusters
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      Too heavy for simple systems
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      Additional vendor lock-in (Docker)
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      More moving parts to secure
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      Additional Technology Overhead

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    What is Beanstalk?

    A single process to commit code, review with the team, and deploy the final result to your customers.

    What is Kubernetes?

    Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.

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