AWS Elastic Beanstalk vs OpsWorks vs CloudFormation

AWS Elastic Beanstalk vs OpsWorks vs CloudFormation

July 2, 2020 / Nirav Shah

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

  • As per AWS
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk is an easy-to-use service for deploying and scaling web applications and services developed with Java, .NET, PHP, Node.js, Python, Ruby, Go, and Docker on familiar servers such as Apache, Nginx, Passenger, and IIS.
  • You can simply upload your code and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment, from capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling to application health monitoring. At the same time, you retain full control over the AWS resources powering your application and can access the underlying resources at any time.
  • There is no additional charge for Elastic Beanstalk – you pay only for the AWS resources needed to store and run your applications.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Pricing

There is no additional charge for AWS Elastic Beanstalk. You pay for AWS resources (e.g. EC2 instances or S3 buckets) you create to store and run your application. You only pay for what you use, as you use it; there are no minimum fees and no upfront commitments.

AWS OpsWorks

  • As per AWS
  • AWS OpsWorks is a configuration management service that provides managed instances of Chef and Puppet. Chef and Puppet are automation platforms that allow you to use code to automate the configurations of your servers. OpsWorks lets you use Chef and Puppet to automate how servers are configured, deployed, and managed across your Amazon EC2 instances or on-premises compute environments. OpsWorks has three offerings, AWS Opsworks for Chef Automate, AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise, and AWS OpsWorks Stacks.

AWS OpsWorks Pricing

  • With AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate, you are charged based on the number of nodes connected to your Chef server and the time those nodes are running, and you also pay for the underlying Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance running your Chef server. There are no upfront costs or minimum fees.

AWS CloudFormation

  • As per AWS
  • AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to model and provision AWS and third party application resources in your cloud environment. AWS CloudFormation allows you to use programming languages or a simple text file to model and provision, in an automated and secure manner, all the resources needed for your applications across all regions and accounts. This gives you a single source of truth for your AWS and third party resources.

AWS CloudFormation Pricing

  • There is no additional charge for using AWS CloudFormation with resource providers in the following namespaces: AWS::*, Alexa::*, and Custom::*. In this case you pay for AWS resources (such as Amazon EC2 instances, Elastic Load Balancing load balancers, etc.) created using AWS CloudFormation as if you created them manually. You only pay for what you use, as you use it; there are no minimum fees and no required upfront commitments.

CloudFormation with Elastic Beanstalk

  • CloudFormation supports Elastic Beanstalk application environments as one of the AWS resource types.
  • This allows you, for example, to create and manage an AWS Elastic Beanstalk–hosted application along with an RDS database to store the application data. In addition to RDS instances, any other supported AWS resource can be added to the group as well.

CloudFormation with OpsWorks

  • CloudFormation additionally helps OpsWorks and OpsWorks aspects (stacks, layers, instances, and applications) can be modeled interior CloudFormation templates, and provisioned as CloudFormation stacks.
  • This allows you to document, model control, and share your OpsWorks configuration.
  • Unified CloudFormation template or separate CloudFormation templates can be created to provision OpsWorks aspects and different associated AWS assets such as VPC and Elastic Load Balancer.

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