AWS Lambda Room for Improvement

DR
President at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

My engineers work with it on a daily basis. I just don't have enough depth of knowledge about what kinds of edge cases they may have tried and found lacking. There may be some issues with some language support at one point or another because we couldn't get the underlying libraries in there. A lot of what we do is either in JavaScript, Python, or some of the non-compiled languages. I'm not sure if we've ever tried building a C# solution, for instance, in Lambda or a Java solution in Lambda. It doesn't mean those aren't its capabilities. I would rather refer to my engineers for where the boundaries are.

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Mohamed Wael Ben Ismail - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud DevOps engineer at DeepMetis

What could be improved in AWS Lambda is a tricky question because I base the area for improvement on a specific matrix, for example, latency, so I'm still determining if I can be the judge on that. However, room for improvement could be when you're using AWS Lambda as a backend, it can be challenging to use it for monitoring. Monitoring is critical in development, and I don't have much expertise in the area, but you can use other services such as Xray. I found that monitoring on AWS Lambda is a challenge. The tool needs better monitoring.

Another area for improvement in AWS Lambda is the cold start, where it takes some time to invoke a function the first time, but after that, invoking it becomes swift. Still, there's room for improvement in that AWS Lambda process.

In the next release of AWS Lambda, I'd like AWS to improve monitoring so that I can monitor codes better.

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Wilfred Thomson - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Cloud Consultant at GBM

The user-friendliness of the solution could be improved. If it was easy to run with the same function in other platforms, other environments, that would make it more portable. That would be really good. User-friendliness and portability will be the two factors that need the most improvement.

The startup time sometimes needs to be faster, so that is one area of improvement. The startup time of each function can be slow. When it works the first time, it takes a little bit of time, so there's a minor delay. That could be improved.

The support of additional languages would improve the solution.

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DouglasStein - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Engineering at MemeSpark LLC

There's room for improvement in the solution's warm start, which refers to the minimum time it takes to start up a Lambda function if you haven't been running it. 

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RP
Consultant at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution should continue to streamline integrations with AWS services. 

At one point, there was an issue receiving support for a new version. Support was behind by two versions and this presented challenges, but they caught up over time. 

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Ashish Jaiswal - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

I can't recall any features that might be lacking. For us, it works quite well, however, it depends on what a company needs.

We'd love to see more integration potential in the future.

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Shaamil Ashraff - PeerSpot reviewer
Architect - Database Administration at Mitra Innovation

From a very high-level perspective, it is a good solution, however, there are certain limitations. This becomes challenging for us. Specifically, a limitation is Lambda cannot continuously execute for more than 15 minutes. That could be one limitation. On an implementation level, there are certain limitations that I know about yet would not be the best person to explain as I am not technical.

The timeout for execution can be increased so that if we have a lengthy process, it will not fail before their timeouts. We've had to revamp the way that it works due to that 15-minute timeout limitation.

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VinayKumar2 - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Data Engineer at Seven Lakes Enterprises, Inc.

The execution time could be better. One of the major limitations is the time period because it doesn't give you more than seven minutes. So, before thinking about Lambda, you should think through your use case and ensure it's a good fit. Otherwise, you can use batch, step functions, or other methods. 

Reports and the monitoring board could also be improved in terms of alerts. The threshold alerts are there but can be improved. It takes some time to get used to these methods and get the hang of them. 

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DC
Consultant at a educational organization with 11-50 employees

The product could make the process of integration easier. 

The could be more integration testing. The internal is great with Lambda, however, I have to make sure I have done my tests on a related machine before deploying.

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Sai Durga - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr.Software Engineer at Xoriant

I don't have much experience after six months. I can't speak to the pros and cons. 

I have seen some drawbacks with certain integrations. 

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Daniel Calatrava - PeerSpot reviewer
Genesys Cloud Consultant / Software Engineer at Hightelecom

The 60 seconds limitation with the consumption of the service is really restrictive for a service and the solution can be improved by eliminating that.

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Johnson Adekunle - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software Engineer | AWS Certified Solutions Architect at Venture Garden Group

AWS Lambda's cold start needs to be improved. It has to warm up first, and so, the response time is slower.

Another challenge I've noticed is that there is a limit to the environment variables such as the 4 KB limit. Although, the advice is to use parameters or other things to store the details when the limit has exceeded the data, this adds additional intensity to the application. If the size limits for environment variables can be revealed, it would be helpful. Even if we have to pay for it, at least we would know that we are not dealing with latency. So, I would like to see the size of the environment variables increased.

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VR
Cloud Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

It would be ideal if we could use the solution across different platforms.

The integration could be better.

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Cuneyt Gurses - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect, DevOps Engineer at sonne technology

It can be a bit difficult to switch between accounts when creating services for customers. 

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Ariful Mondal - PeerSpot reviewer
Consulting Practice Partner - Data, Analytics & AI at FH

There is room for improvement in user-friendliness. When comparing this solution to others it is not as user-friendly.

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SurjitChoudhury - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Integration Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

If you want to run processing data, which takes less than 15 minutes, then you can use Lambda. However, if it is a specific ETL process or a long-term one, then AWS Lambda is not a good option.

The longer Lambda runs, the higher is the cost incurred because the cost is based on runtime.

At times, it hard to know when Lambda should be used and when it should not. So in the future, if there are serverless extensions, it would be fine.

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GM
Assistant Consultant at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees

AWS Lambda can improve its file system-based sharing capabilities and restrictions.

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MS
Director - Technology Operations at a educational organization with 10,001+ employees

Lambda could be improved in the sense that some of the things done with Lambda function take some time. So the performance could be better and faster. 

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VG
AWS Developer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We don't have the inbuilt modules in AWS Lambda. If more modules were built into or integrated with AWS Lambda, that would help developers to code.

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SJ
Director Of Sales Marketing at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

AWS Lambda could be improved with better stability. 

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NR
Lead architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

AWS Lambda could be improved by increasing the size of the payload. Also, sometimes Lambda doesn't implement well for bigger solutions. 

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Ansari Rehman - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Data Architect at Capgemini

I would like to see a find and replace function as part of Lambda's future releases. Currently, if we want to replace a code, we copy the code into Notepad, then find and replace it, and then copy that to Lambda. This would improve the editing function of the product.

Lambda would benefit from a debugging feature as well. For example, if you want to debug code running in Python and deployed in Lambda, it would be beneficial to have a debugging feature.

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RS
Service Deliery Manager at Amaysim

The deployment process is a bit complex, so it could be simplified to make it easier for beginners to deploy. 

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Manu Salim - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Analyst at Barakat Groip

Lambda's dashboard could be more user-friendly and customizable. I want the dashboard to have more information to quickly identify what functions and events are running. Also, we want to be able to add more trigger points, push notifications, and events. For example, we have a shopping website, so we want to create some events to trigger batch notifications like SMS.

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SS
Sr. Technology Specialist at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Its price should be improved. Its pricing is on the higher side. 

I am not sure if it currently supports the Go language. If it doesn't support the Go language, they can introduce it.

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Cyprian Oyiengo - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Implementation and Security at a financial services firm with 1-10 employees

I wish to see better execution time in the next release. 

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JP
Chief Technology Officer at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees

I would like to see more integration with other platforms.

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WC
Member at a religious institution with self employed

Its performance can be improved. There should also be more dynamic security permissions.

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AS
IT Auditor & Compliance Officer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

AWS Lambda could improve by having no-code or low-code options because currently, you need to be able to write code well to use it.

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VA
Senior Manager -Datacenter Planning and Operations at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

The automation with other Amazon products could be better. 

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Ibrahim-Rasras - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead solution architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

AWS Lambda has some size limitations in the code line, you can't do a couple of functions to do the job.

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MM
Chef manager at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I believe Lambda security needs to be improved.  

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Krishnan Ambady - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Director at Look Ltd

The overall performance of this solution could be improved. We would also like to have better integration with other AWS features. 

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JoshuaEfienokwu - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The metrics and reporting for this solution could be improved. 

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Shrishti Sisodia - PeerSpot reviewer
Associate Manager at HCL Technologies

AWS Lambda's GUI could be improved with a twist or tweak in its look and feel to make it more impressive.

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Rohit Zanwar - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical manager at Flipkart

There are sometimes issues following an update.

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