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"The scalability of the solution is fantastic. It's one of our favorite features.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the ability to have standard operating systems along with the Windows, Linux operating systems, and their maintenance-free structure, which we prefer.""All of my lower maintenance overheads are taken care of. I don't have to worry about it.""Amazon EC2 is highly scalable."

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"The ability to scale up and down very quickly helps because we can maintain our system performance and business at a low cost.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the API Gateway.""The most valuable feature is that it scans the cloud system and if they are any security anomalies it triggers an email.""The ease and speed of developing the services using any available language is the most valuable feature.""It's a serverless solution which is the best feature. It helps us because it offers free aspects. From the infrastructure perspective, it helps us manage costs. There is no overhead of estimating how much infrastructure we're going to need. We can focus on building the business functionality that we want to build.""The cool thing about AWS Lambda is that AWS does all the management. For compression, it is all about making the data small and then making it regular size again. We have an encode function and a decode function. AWS Lambda schedules each of those for us. It has a load balancer and all the fancy stuff, depending on the demand. The most valuable part of AWS Lambda is that I only need to write the software. I need to write two functions, and my cloud developer turns them into two AWS Lambda instances. That's it."

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"The customization could be simplified.""One of the challenges is the AMI upgrades.""Technical itself could be a bit more helpful, especially when it comes to integration assistance. When we talk to the technical team, often it's some issue with integration and they'll tell us to talk to the other company. Often, the other company will look at everything and not see an issue from their end and then we are at an impasse.""It's not the best of the best because we still have issues with downtime. We still have issues with the cost of storage, with all these different instance styles, and how much it costs. They cost an arm and a leg the higher you go."

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"Lamba functions have cold-starts that can cause some delay.""The security needs to be improved.""The running time of AWS Lambda runs fine. It takes around five minutes but it would be great if that time could be extended.""The product needs some updating as far as ease-of-customization and configuration opportunities to work with solutions outside of the cloud.""If you are setting it up on hybrid solution, there is a lot of work that needs to go in.""One area of improvement is to include support for more programming languages. AWS Lambda does not support a lot of programming languages. You have to write the Lambda functions in a certain programming language. We are using C++. My developer knows a couple of other languages. Python is his favorite language, but Python is not supported in AWS Lambda."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"For our usage, the cost is approximately $20,000 to $23,000 per month."

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"AWS is slightly more expensive than Azure."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The scalability of the solution is fantastic. It's one of our favorite features.
Top Answer: We're charged depending on the run time, but there are other costs as well, including costs for transactions and storage.
Top Answer: The customization and configuration could be simplified. Updates could be automated and simplified.
Top Answer: It's a serverless solution which is the best feature. It helps us because it offers free aspects. From the infrastructure perspective, it helps us manage costs. There is no overhead of estimating how… more »
Top Answer: AWS is slightly more expensive than Azure. But from a maturity perspective, AWS is way more ahead than Azure.
Top Answer: Lambda didn't use to support all the capabilities, if you wanted to initialize it before started serving the requests, it is not possible. In the most recent upgrades, they have added this feature… more »
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Also Known As
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, EC2

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers.

Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment. Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use. Amazon EC2 provides developers the tools to build failure resilient applications and isolate them from common failure scenarios.

AWS Lambda is a compute service that lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers. AWS Lambda executes your code only when needed and scales automatically, from a few requests per day to thousands per second. You pay only for the compute time you consume - there is no charge when your code is not running. With AWS Lambda, you can run code for virtually any type of application or backend service - all with zero administration. AWS Lambda runs your code on a high-availability compute infrastructure and performs all of the administration of the compute resources, including server and operating system maintenance, capacity provisioning and automatic scaling, code monitoring and logging. All you need to do is supply your code in one of the languages that AWS Lambda supports (currently Node.js, Java, C# and Python).

You can use AWS Lambda to run your code in response to events, such as changes to data in an Amazon S3 bucket or an Amazon DynamoDB table; to run your code in response to HTTP requests using Amazon API Gateway; or invoke your code using API calls made using AWS SDKs. With these capabilities, you can use Lambda to easily build data processing triggers for AWS services like Amazon S3 and Amazon DynamoDB process streaming data stored in Amazon Kinesis, or create your own back end that operates at AWS scale, performance, and security.

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Sample Customers
Netflix, Expedia, TimeInc., Novaris, airbnb, LamborghiniNetflix
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Media Company26%
Comms Service Provider12%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Small Business38%
Large Enterprise63%
Find out what your peers are saying about AWS Lambda vs. Amazon EC2 and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
442,845 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Amazon EC2 is ranked 4th in Compute Service with 4 reviews while AWS Lambda is ranked 2nd in Compute Service with 6 reviews. Amazon EC2 is rated 8.2, while AWS Lambda is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Amazon EC2 writes "Makes it easy to either transfer data as an S3 bucket or increase the drive storage on the server". On the other hand, the top reviewer of AWS Lambda writes "Enables us to develop services quickly and easily in any language for deployment on the cloud". Amazon EC2 is most compared with Apache NiFi, whereas AWS Lambda is most compared with AWS Batch, Apache NiFi, Apache Spark, Google Cloud Dataflow and Azure Stream Analytics. See our AWS Lambda vs. Amazon EC2 report.

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