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Rakesh KR
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In One Minute : AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda is a cloud offering from Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS Lambda is a serverless compute service that runs code in response to events and automatically manages the underlying infrastructure for you.

AWS are effectively disrupting their (own) existing business with Lambda. Instead of forcing us to pay for EC2 instances in fixed increments and have complex application monitoring/scaling, AWS have built a much simpler way of building & running micro-services.

Lambda also disrupts other Platform-as-a-Service ("PaaS") providers such as Heroku, Google App Engine, Azure or Modulus where you pay for a specific amount of compute power & RAM but have a scaling delay and scale in a fixed increment (instances).

Lambda features

The following key features help you develop Lambda applications that are scalable, secure, and easily extensible:

Concurrency and scaling controls
Concurrency and scaling controls such as concurrency limits and provisioned concurrency give you fine-grained control over the scaling and responsiveness of your production applications.

Functions defined as container images
Use your preferred container image tooling, workflows, and dependencies to build, test, and deploy your Lambda functions.

Code signing
Code signing for Lambda provides trust and integrity controls that let you verify that only unaltered code that approved developers have published is deployed in your Lambda functions.

Lambda extensions
You can use Lambda extensions to augment your Lambda functions. For example, use extensions to more easily integrate Lambda with your favorite tools for monitoring, observability, security, and governance.

Function blueprints
A function blueprint provides sample code that shows how to use Lambda with other AWS services or third-party applications. Blueprints include sample code and function configuration presets for Node.js and Python runtimes.

Database access
A database proxy manages a pool of database connections and relays queries from a function. This enables a function to reach high concurrency levels without exhausting database connections.

File systems access
You can configure a function to mount an Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) file system to a local directory. With Amazon EFS, your function code can access and modify shared resources safely and at high concurrency.

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Top comments (2)

ravavyr profile image

Can you redo the title as "useless generic intro to lambda that helps no one understand it any better" ?

I know i'll probably get docked for not being "nice" again...but COME ON...

leob profile image

No I don't agree that this article is 100% useless ... maybe 99%, but not 100%, I think it does have SOME value :)