“Elastic Beanstalk” is a goofy-sounding term; something that, at best, belongs in a silly CG remake of the traditional Jack/beanstalk tale. But nonetheless, that’s the name Amazon’s stuck to a new service, and the service does hold a lot of promise when it comes to developers, apps, and the Amazon Web Services cloud.
Amazon explained in a statement, “Developers simply upload their application, and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring. At the same time, with Elastic Beanstalk, developers retain full control over the AWS resources powering their application and can access the underlying resources at any time.”
Then here’s one more key point: “There is no additional charge for Elastic Beanstalk – customers pay only for the AWS resources needed to run their applications.”
It doesn’t get much more user-friendly than that. Elastic Beanstalk seems poised to become quite popular as a result.
The only possible hitch we should mention is that this initial release of Elastic Beanstalk is meant for Java developers using the Apache Tomcat software stack, so not everyone will be able to jump right in.
More information is available here if you’re interested (or want to get started).