In this lesson, the student is given options on deploying Elastic Beanstalk with an RDS database. As a DevOps Engineer, it is important to understand these different options and the use cases that correspond to these options. An RDS database can be deployed directly in an Elastic Beanstalk environment. However, this means that when the Elastic Beanstalk environment is deleted, the RDS database will be deleted as well. This may be fine for dev or test environments but is probably not ideal for a prod environment. The other option to more loosely couple RDS with Elastic Beanstalk is to create the database external to Elastic Beanstlak and then have application within Elastic Beanstalk connect to it.