Recently we discussed AWS Lambda, a service by Amazon Web Services that runs code for applications and back-end processes without requiring administrators to provision, scale, or manage servers. DevOps teams and IT administrators can simply upload their application code to AWS Lambda and then the service provisions different AWS products such as S3 (Simple Storage) buckets, DynamoDB tables, and data in Amazon Kinesis streams. AWS Lambda streamlines the process for building and managing applications and reduces the amount of time DevOps teams have to spend on infrastructure management to support applications.
In addition to freeing up time for DevOps teams and IT personnel by automatically managing the AWS services that create the backbone of a company’s applications, AWS Lambda also can save application development teams a lot of money. Leveraging the flexibility, elasticity, and on-demand power of the cloud, AWS Lambda charges users on an “as used” basis. AWS Lambda services are billed like a utility, you only pay for what you use; nothing more, and nothing less.
Economical Application Development with AWS Lambda
According to Amazon, AWS does not require any upfront investments. This is in stark contrast to the traditional method of building and maintaining applications in-house which normally require purchases of servers, server operating systems, and money for operating and cooling costs. Users are charged a low fee per request and then are billed for the time the code runs (which is measured in increments of 100 milliseconds). This means that if an application is idle – Amazon doesn’t charge to host the software on its infrastructure. Users are only billed for activity on the application.
Saving Time and Money on Writing Code
AWS Lambda is compatible with many major coding languages and offers support for third party libraries. DevOps teams have the option of building and writing their code on-site and then uploading to AWS Lambda via a Zip file. Or they can build code in an integrated development environment through the AWS management console. Amazon makes it even easier for teams to create applications by providing a list of function samples built for common application processes such as change notifications, file compression, and image conversions.
With pre-built groups of code for common application processes and support for a variety of programming languages, AWS Lambda frees up a lot of time that DevOps teams would normally have to spend researching and writing code. As a result, the amount of time required for development projects is greatly reduced so companies can save money on different projects, or invest what they normally would spend on a long-term development project into new ventures. Eliminating the need to manage and monitor application processes as AWS does that for you also reduces overhead required to build and maintain applications.
If you or someone on your team is interested in developing an application or back-end process for your company, and are interested in leveraging the computing power and scalability of the Amazon Cloud, contact Privo IT today. We are more than happy to help you out.