AWS pioneered the idea behind serverless when they introduced AWS Lambda: focus on your business logic down to its atomic parts of your applications—functions—and let them worry about the rest. This whole idea eventually led to the NoOps movement.
Serverless is a great idea! It’s a new paradigm that can be applied to how modern applications are developed and run in the cloud to drastically increase developer focus and productivity.
But there are challenges and even “gotchas”…
When you start with two completely different products and try to integrate them together, you’re often left with a diluted experience and a compromise on functionality.
That’s exactly the case for AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway.
If you want to trigger AWS Lambda functions from HTTP requests, AWS forces you to use Amazon API Gateway, a consideration and constraint for all Web-based use cases.
The real cost of utilizing AWS Lambda for Web-based use cases is not AWS Lambda itself; it’s exposing Lambda functions through Amazon API Gateway.
A lot of articles have been written about this and other challenges utilizing Lambda. Here are a few…
We saw these challenges and worked with companies that either wanted a better experience or needed a true multi-cloud solution.
We took the idea behind serverless and ran with it by providing a seamless experience on top of AWS with Express Serverless Platform.
It gives developers a better way to write and orchestrate serverless functions. It eliminates hidden costs and gives complete control of API Management with a much better API gateway experience.
The adoption of Express Serverless Platform means you can also fulfill a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy by writing functions once and running them anywhere, including your own data center, with the same efficiency and experience.
We’ve written a complete guide towards understanding the major differences and similarities between Express Serverless Platform on AWS versus AWS Lambda across multiple dimensions, including features and pricing, which is available for download, from our Resources page.
Express Serverless Platform installs and runs on your AWS account in Kubernetes. You don’t have to manage Kubernetes, because EKS on AWS does that for you.
The installer provisions a Kubernetes cluster on EKS. Once Kubernetes is up and running, Express Serverless Platform is installed into Kubernetes through Helm.
The following components are deployed as microservices running in Kubernetes pods through Express Serverless Platform:
Express Serverless Platform is the only platform that seamlessly let’s you write functions and run them in public cloud infrastructure or opt to use long-running containers in a managed Kubernetes cluster.
Instead of being forced to wire up AWS Lambda functions to Amazon API Gateway, you can wire them up to Express Gateway and have a much better starting point with built-in policies and enterprise features out-of-the-box.
This short video shows you exactly how Express Serverless Platform runs on AWS.
Hope you found this post beneficial. Don’t forget to download the AWS Lambda versus Express Serverless Platform on AWS comparison guide.
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