High-level workflow model of Amazon Lambda (Image courtesy of Amazon.com)
To take advantage of Lambda, there are coding requirements, including making sure applications are written in a supported programming language (Node.js, Java, Go, C#, and Python). Additionally, the application must be written to run within the AWS Lambda standard runtime environment.Focusing on the advantages and benefits to independent software vendors or ISVs in particular, how do ISVs benefit from the capabilities and advantages of the Serverless code development and execution model? ISVs develop software and solutions for a wide range of use cases, niches, industries, and business model types. Provisioning the infrastructure and platform requirements for developing applications for customers of such a wide range and variety can be complex, cumbersome, time consuming, and challenging. By making effective use of the Serverless architecture provided by the likes of Amazon AWS Lambda, ISVs can create powerful solutions for multiple customers and use cases, quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. Being able to provision code functions without the constraints of provisioning the underlying hardware, platforms, etc, allows ISVs to place their focus on what they do best – develop and supply applications and code-based solutions to their customers. This saves time, financial resources for themselves and customers, and provides tremendous agility to their development capabilities.