The AWS re:Invent conference this week ended with a few interesting news and the introduction of a new web service in the public cloud, the Amazon AWS Lambda. Amazon is trying for years to compete with other tech giants like Microsoft, Apple and even Oracle, releasing new services and entering the smartphone manufacturing business, while providing tech solutions for business customers. However, the bold move of unveiling a new computing service for developers elicited a lot of interest in the tech media.
The Amazon AWS Lambda is a computing service aimed to businesses and was described by Amazon’s chief technology officer, Werner Vogels as
an event-driven computing service for dynamic applications.
At a first glance, this sounds just like any other computing service in the Amazon portfolio, which is already offering services to some customers like the CIA and Netflix at very competitive prices, but it is more to the Amazon AWS Lambda than the eye can see. According to the specialists looking deeper into this service, Lambda is a
tool to implement rules that carry out functions using Amazon’s manifold complex features, without requiring extensive configuration and maintenance.
On the Amazon Web Services blog, the company presents the Amazon AWS Lambda as a zero-administration computing platform which doesn’t require pre – installed operating systems or language environments. It also doesn’t require EC2 instances to be configured, launched or monitored.
People witnessing the Lambda reveal described the new cloud service as being revolutionary or potentially revolutionary, as it may give developers the chance to write and manage applications which would be otherwise very difficult to build. Moreover, what is really great about Lambda, is that it can perform at very low costs, a feature that can propel Amazon among the biggest players in this field, very soon.
Microsoft and Oracle, for instance, have been offering tech solutions and services to business customers for years, while Amazon is just getting ready for this game. However, Amazon has a solid ground to develop the Lambda and make it the next best thing in cloud computing. According to a recent report offered by the Synergy Research Group, Amazon holds tight in its hands a 27% of the world market for cloud infrastructure services, while Microsoft only holds 10%.
Although the Amazon AWS Lambda has its shortcomings, just as any new product has, Amazon is really confident in its success and we will all find out in due time if this new cloud computing service is going to be as revolutionary as believed.