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AWS Serverless Architecture Economic Advantages and Benefits

There are many ways your business can gain economic benefits, but very few of those ways lower costs while better-supporting business objectives. Like your IT infrastructure, for example. Lowering IT spend doesn’t have to mean getting less computing power. If you migrate to Amazon Web Services (AWS) serverless architecture, you won’t have to compromise efficiency for the sake of reducing costs.

Serverless architecture is a cloud-computing software design solution wherein a third party hosts applications or code running on compute resources which are abstracted away from the user. If you’re thinking of migrating, AWS offers some of the most advanced serverless solutions on the market.

AWS serverless architecture offers ample computing power to handle all your workloads and scales with real-time demand. It automates a variety of tasks, freeing you to concentrate on the business objectives your applications serve, which provides key economic benefits that boost your ROI. These include shorter development cycles—developers have time to focus on content, code and business logic rather than on managing infrastructure overhead. It can deliver more efficient performance without the need of over-provisioning resources, while lowering computing costs. Here’s what else AWS serverless architecture can do to benefit your organization.

Leverage AWS Serverless Architecture For the Right Use Cases

When you started your business you didn’t have provisioning, maintaining, and administering servers on your mind. You started it to focus on your core business model and serve your customers. That’s what you should be able to devote your time and resources to. AWS serverless architecture gives you that freedom. Combined with the efficient performance and cost savings, it’s why so many enterprises are going serverless with AWS.

AWS serverless architecture eliminates the need for traditional computing services, However, you need to know when to use it. Here are some use cases for AWS serverless architecture that can help you get the most value from your investment.

  • Web apps and websites: Dedicating a server for the sole purpose of hosting your web apps and websites is an outdated, time-consuming practice. Go serverless to get all the availability, performance, and functionality you need without managing a single server.
  • Media processing: Serverless architecture can process large volumes of media files without any of the problems legacy technology has, such as; software crashes, resource allocation, or full hard drives.
  • Real-time processing: Serverless architecture is also perfect for any workloads that are time-sensitive. It can process real-time data, such as streaming data, with just as much security, flexibility, and cost savings in the Cloud as it can when processing batch data.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): An IoT platform must be reliable, flexible, and cost-efficient. AWS serverless architecture is an ideal choice as it provides all of these and other benefits, such as supporting MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT), one of the most prevalent IoT communication protocols.

When is AWS serverless architecture not helpful?

Getting the most out of your AWS serverless architecture also means knowing when it is not applicable. If your organization faces any of these scenarios, you may want to go with a different solution.

  • Long-running compute tasks: While AWS Lambda has increased its maximum run time to 15 minutes, it’s still more efficient to run intensive tasks on traditional compute resources.
  • Performance SLAs: If you have strict performance service-level agreements (SLAs) with your customers, serverless might not be the best fit. Results may vary, making your ability to meet SLAs inconsistent.
  • Inapplicable use cases: Not every workload is suitable for serverless. Unless a workload was developed with serverless in mind, you may need to go back and do a considerable amount of planning and re-architecting to make it fit within a serverless framework.
  • Vendor lock: Depending on the services used, your serverless workload may not be portable if you decide to change cloud providers.

Adopting AWS Serverless Architecture Delivers a Wealth of Benefits

If your use cases are a good fit for AWS serverless architecture, you’re in luck. AWS serverless services deliver a wealth of benefits that can support a range of modern applications. Sure, AWS serverless helps speed development cycles, provides efficient performance, and lowers computing costs. But that’s just the start. Here are even more ways an AWS serverless architecture can lead to financial benefits.

  • Serverless functions can load and execute faster than monolithic applications: This enables a more efficient use of cloud resources, leading to better performance.
  • Developers can focus on creating code: Your development team can be more productive because they don’t have to worry about server and infrastructure overhead planning and management.
  • Serverless functions can be chained together: This results in highly flexible, efficient processes.
  • You’ll only pay for the computing resources you actually use: AWS serverless architecture not only saves money by only charging for what you use; it also makes it easy to see all usage and billing details. You can see how many requests were made to an API gateway endpoint or how many seconds (or milliseconds) it took a function to execute. There’s no need to try to anticipate how many more resources you’ll need or when.
  • The cost savings don’t stop there. You’ll also save costs by not having to scale or over-provision infrastructure to accommodate the increased load. Since you won’t need someone to manage or update any of the underlying infrastructure, you’ll save money on administration overhead.

Getting Started

If all of these economic advantages sound good to you, make them even better by seeking the guidance of an experienced AWS consulting partner. Mission has the knowledge and expertise needed to develop and implement a serverless strategy that meets your unique business needs. Our engineers are ready to work with you to understand your specific use case and architect a customer-specific solution. In fact, our service delivery engineers are so dedicated to developing a serverless solution that perfectly fits your needs you’ll think they were members of your own internal team. We’ll manage your entire serverless environment for you, so you can rest easy knowing our CloudOps team will intelligently monitor and respond to any alerts that come up, no matter what time of day or night it is.

If your business is searching for a way to lower costs, adopting AWS serverless architecture can greatly lower your IT spend. Along with its many economic advantages and benefits, AWS can give you an infrastructure that performs and scales better than the one you currently have.

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