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AWS Lambda architecture brings serverless to enterprise cloud

Many tools factor into an AWS Lambda architecture, as more developers use serverless computing to run responsive code. This guide shows how Lambda and serverless computing change enterprise IT application deployment.


AWS Lambda debuted in 2014, giving developers a serverless computing service for running responsive code in cloud environments. AWS Lambda performs functions based on events that other Amazon cloud services trigger, enabling IT teams to use logic to improve integration between services.

The growing popularity of serverless computing, and AWS Lambda in particular, has changed the way that some cloud professionals approach application development. IT teams can use Lambda in a more limited implementation, such as tying together several back-end services. They also can create more elaborate AWS Lambda architectures that limit or eliminate the need for Elastic Compute Cloud instances, which makes for a more automated environment with less risk of latency and potential cost savings.

But AWS Lambda isn't the only option for serverless computing. Microsoft Azure Functions and Google Cloud Functions look to stake a claim on the serverless market share. Weigh deployment costs and management to decide which service is right for your enterprise.

Enterprises worried about lock-in risks with AWS Lambda can weigh more interoperable alternatives. For many development teams, the goal is to create a scalable cloud resource pool, and AWS Lambda helps keep applications and developers focused on code.

This guide introduces you to the basics of AWS Lambda, offers advice on how to manage serverless code, offers serverless computing alternatives for hybrid and multicloud deployments and more.

1Meet AWS Lambda, serverless-

Understanding Lambda and serverless computing

The AWS Lambda architecture delivers the code needed to establish a serverless computing environment, but it's not the only option. Each serverless service offers its own benefits and drawbacks; the technology enables IT teams to remove servers from the equation and improve automation, essentially allowing functions to process cloud events. But it's not a simple process. A serverless approach requires a skilled development team and can strain IT budgets. These tips will bring you up to speed on what serverless computing is and how it can change an enterprise cloud deployment.


AWS Lambda's responsiveness intrigues IT teams

Don't dive into an AWS Lambda architecture feet first. Understand how best to use its responsive features to determine if automatic compute resource management is right for your enterprise. Continue Reading


AWS Lambda architecture cuts cloud development times

AWS Lambda enables IT teams to deploy code in response to real-time events, dramatically cutting development cycle times. But tradeoffs exist. Continue Reading


Lambda helps solve DevOps equation

The buzz of DevOps can wither under the weight of its implementation, as IT teams struggle to automate cumbersome apps. AWS Lambda moves code from service to service, which can speed deployments. Continue Reading


Lambda solves -- and causes -- problems in a single environment

Different IT teams take different approaches with AWS Lambda. For many teams, Lambda complements existing cloud services, but others will integrate more deeply with serverless. Whether you're removing servers altogether or just using serverless to unite a pair of services, AWS Lambda has unique caveats. Continue Reading


Wave goodbye to servers

It's not called "serverless" for nothing. AWS Lambda enables development teams to remove most servers -- if not all -- from the equation entirely, which can ease management and improve app scalability. Continue Reading


Severless invigorates IT ops teams

It may sound contradictory but there are still plenty of opportunities for IT ops teams within a serverless computing deployment. Ops still plays an important role in creating a working environment -- even if it doesn't have to manage servers. Continue Reading


Serverless, container-friendly services on the horizon

AWS' ability to evolve according to its customers' needs has led it in unpredictable directions over its first decade of operation. SearchAWS experts provide predictions on how AWS Lambda architecture will expand with containers and service integration. Continue Reading


Serverless pushes developers away from resource management

Serverless computing, also called function as a service, offers benefits like flexibility. Removing server management from the equation allows developers to focus on building apps features and functionality. Continue Reading


Simplicity of serverless a selling point

Moving to the cloud doesn't solve all of IT's problems. It can be daunting to select which types of compute instances and storage best fit enterprise needs. Serverless computing could simplify an enterprise's move to the cloud. Continue Reading

2Make AWS Lambda work for you-

Configuration station -- Lambda in the enterprise

It's no small task to deploy a serverless framework. To properly configure AWS Lambda, admins must ensure that code runs properly across multiple services. And no enterprise uses serverless in the same way. IT teams must cautiously map out an AWS Lambda architecture to ensure it runs efficiently in the enterprise, which means taking a few extra steps to make certain it communicates effectively with other native AWS cloud services.


AWS Lambda functions aren't built in a day

It takes several phases to create AWS Lambda functions. Our expert walks you through one of the simplest ways to get started – the AWS Management Console. Continue Reading


Get AWS Lambda to work with SQS

Native integration between AWS Lambda and Simple Queue Service doesn't exist. This workaround enables dev teams to receive asynchronous messages from the service. Continue Reading


Customize AWS Lambda architecture for S3 alerts

Want to get all of the AWS products under your cloud umbrella talking to one another? Configure AWS Lambda to send text messages when Amazon Simple Storage Service changes affect your architecture. Continue Reading


Invoke AWS Lambda functions in S3 with Amazon Aurora

Amazon Aurora allows IT to tie AWS Lambda functions to S3 buckets to expand the appeal of all three services. Here's how AWS opened the door for new capabilities in the automation and integration realms. Continue Reading


Tie Lambda into CloudWatch Events for instant responses

IT teams use Amazon CloudWatch to monitor AWS deployments. Tuning AWS Lambda functions to respond to specific notifications that CloudWatch Events sent out can help resolve issues. Continue Reading


Developers laud Lambda's C# support

AWS unveiled new features for many of its services during re:Invent 2016, but few drew as much excitement as AWS Lambda's support for C# programming. Continue Reading


VPC support locks down Lambda functions

Placing AWS Lambda deployments into Amazon Virtual Private Clouds has a few benefits -- added security is just one. Continue Reading

3Manage serverless, AWS Lambda-

Tips and tricks to manage Lambda and serverless

It's one thing to establish an AWS Lambda architecture, and it's another to manage all associated functions. Serverless computing is difficult to monitor, which makes it difficult for IT teams to determine how and when something went wrong with the code. But, through trial and error, developers have tackled several common Lambda issues -- and they're taking unique approaches to increase visualization into how Lambda functions perform. Resources in this section will help you ensure your serverless code is up to snuff.


Best practices to monitor and manage AWS Lambda code

AWS Lambda supports a variety of programming language, allowing developers to write code that leads to improved productivity -- if they manage it all properly. Continue Reading


AWS Lambda visualization digs deeper into functions

Despite a lack of support for AWS Lambda visualization, IT teams can still use graph database resources to gain insights from Lambda deployments. Continue Reading


Avoid these common AWS Lambda miscues

Incorrectly managing IAM permissions and exiting processes before completing requests are just two mistakes that can trip up Lambda adopters. Learn to identify these common Lambda issues to save time later. Continue Reading


Become a code master with AWS Lambda

Serverless computing has unique challenges and complications. In this tip, Dan Sullivan offers five best practices to get the most out of AWS Lambda, including monitoring and access management recommendations. Continue Reading

4Look beyond Lambda-

Lambda alternatives and the evolution of serverless computing

Worried about getting locked in to Amazon Web Services? Don't fear. AWS Lambda isn't the only serverless computing game in town. Microsoft Azure Functions, Apex, Google Cloud Functions and Auth0's Webtask provide alternatives to the public cloud giant's Lambda service. IT teams must be aware of the features, risks and advantages of each serverless computing option. This section looks at how these services compare to help enterprises choose the right service for their needs.


Look outside AWS serverless to ease lock-in worries

AWS Lambda may be the serverless computing weapon of choice, but IT teams grapple with the possibility of getting locked in to Amazon cloud. Some new challengers in the serverless market may give AWS a run for its money. Continue Reading


Microsoft Azure Functions goes toe-to-toe with AWS Lambda

Users looking for severless computing alternatives to AWS Lambda can turn to Microsoft Azure Functions. The two services differ in pricing models, container implementation and triggers, among other things. Continue Reading


Serverless computing removes ops teams from the equation

The concept of NoOps is intriguing to some, but it hasn't completely come to fruition. If your roadmap points to eliminating ops, Auth0's Webtask can help get you there. Continue Reading


Apex provides development options, avoids lock-in

Several third-party tools, including apex-shell, can help enterprises manage Lambda code and configurations. These tools not only help a developer set up a serverless architecture but also avoid AWS lock-in. Continue Reading


Google joins serverless computing fray

Google Cloud Functions entered the serverless computing ring as an alternative to AWS Lambda. IT teams weighing serverless options should consider pricing changes, container adoption, storage and security. Continue Reading

5Related terms for Lambda-

Serverless computing terminology to know

Brush up your AWS Lambda vocabulary to have a deeper understanding of all things serverless.

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