Amazon EC2 vs Beanstalk: What are the differences?
Developers describe Amazon EC2 as "Scalable, pay-as-you-go compute capacity in the cloud". Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. On the other hand, Beanstalk is detailed as "Private code hosting for teams". A single process to commit code, review with the team, and deploy the final result to your customers.
Amazon EC2 and Beanstalk are primarily classified as "Cloud Hosting" and "Code Collaboration & Version Control" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Amazon EC2 are:
- Elastic – Amazon EC2 enables you to increase or decrease capacity within minutes, not hours or days. You can commission one, hundreds or even thousands of server instances simultaneously.
- Completely Controlled – You have complete control of your instances. You have root access to each one, and you can interact with them as you would any machine.
- Flexible – You have the choice of multiple instance types, operating systems, and software packages. Amazon EC2 allows you to select a configuration of memory, CPU, instance storage, and the boot partition size that is optimal for your choice of operating system and application.
On the other hand, Beanstalk provides the following key features:
- Setup and manage repositories- Import or create Subversion and Git repositories that are instantly available to your team.
- Invite team members, partners & clients- Restrict access to certain repos and provide read-only or full read/write permissions.
- Browse files and changes- Every version of every file you’ve committed to Beanstalk is just a click away. See a timeline of who made changes and view the differences between revisions. Syntax highlighting for over 70 languages.
"Quick and reliable cloud servers" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon EC2 over the competitors, whereas "Ftp deploy" was stated as the key factor in picking Beanstalk.
Airbnb, Uber Technologies, and Netflix are some of the popular companies that use Amazon EC2, whereas Beanstalk is used by Accenture, Docplanner, and UNION. Amazon EC2 has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3607 company stacks & 1619 developers stacks; compared to Beanstalk, which is listed in 21 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.
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