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309 Ratings
159 Ratings
Top Rated
309 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 100
159 Ratings
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • AWS Lambda ranks higher in 1 feature set: Platform-as-a-Service

Platform-as-a-Service

8.6

AWS Lambda

86%
7.5

Heroku Platform

75%
AWS Lambda ranks higher in 10/11 features

Ease of building user interfaces

7.9
79%
24 Ratings
7.9
79%
27 Ratings

Scalability

9.3
93%
48 Ratings
6.9
69%
44 Ratings

Platform management overhead

8.7
87%
44 Ratings
8.1
81%
43 Ratings

Workflow engine capability

8.6
86%
40 Ratings
7.0
70%
29 Ratings

Platform access control

8.1
81%
43 Ratings
6.0
60%
43 Ratings

Services-enabled integration

8.9
89%
47 Ratings
6.8
68%
42 Ratings

Development environment creation

8.5
85%
42 Ratings
8.7
87%
39 Ratings

Development environment replication

8.5
85%
40 Ratings
8.0
80%
38 Ratings

Issue monitoring and notification

8.6
86%
44 Ratings
7.5
75%
42 Ratings

Issue recovery

8.6
86%
36 Ratings
7.7
77%
39 Ratings

Upgrades and platform fixes

9.0
90%
37 Ratings
8.0
80%
44 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • AWS Lambda is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Heroku Platform is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.9

AWS Lambda

89%
48 Ratings
6.7

Heroku Platform

67%
48 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

AWS Lambda

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5

Heroku Platform

95%
6 Ratings

Usability

9.0

AWS Lambda

90%
13 Ratings
9.2

Heroku Platform

92%
17 Ratings

Availability

AWS Lambda

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Heroku Platform

80%
2 Ratings

Performance

AWS Lambda

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Heroku Platform

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.6

AWS Lambda

86%
33 Ratings
8.7

Heroku Platform

87%
38 Ratings

Online Training

AWS Lambda

N/A
0 Ratings
6.0

Heroku Platform

60%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

AWS Lambda

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Heroku Platform

90%
6 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

AWS Lambda

[AWS Lambda] is very well suited for the projects that doesn't have any infra but needs it where short running processes are required. But if your application need to run continuously than this might not be the very apt tool for you.
Ojas Elawadhi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

Heroku is very well suited for startups looking to get a server stack up and running quickly. There is little to no overhead when managing your instances. However, you'll need a background in basic DevOps or system management to make sure everything is set up correctly. In addition, it's easy to accidentally go crazy on pricing. Make sure you're only creating the server instances you need to run the base application and set up an auto-scaler plugin to handle peaks.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

AWS Lambda

  • Lambda provides multiple methods for triggering functions, this includes AWS resources and services and external triggers like APIs and CLI calls.
  • The compute provided my Lambda is largely hands off for operations teams. Once the function is deployed, the management overhead is minimal since there are no servers to maintain.
  • Lambda's pricing can be very cost effective given that users are only charged for the time the function runs and associated costs like network or storage if those are used. A function that executes quickly and is not called often can cost next to nothing.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

  • Heroku has a very simple deployment model, making it easy to get your application up-and-running with minimal effort. We can focus on our efforts the unique aspects of our application.
  • The robust add-on marketplace makes it easy to try out new approaches with minimal effort and investment -- and when we settle on a solution, we can easily scale it.
  • Heroku's support is quite good -- their staff is quite technical and willing to get into the weeds to diagnose even complicated problems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AWS Lambda

  • Putting a significant portion of your codebase into AWS Lambda and taking advantage of the high level of integration with other AWS services comes with the risk of vendor lock-in.
  • While the AWS Lambda environment is "not your problem," it's also not at your disposal to extend or modify, nor does it preserve state between function executions.
  • AWS Lambda functions are subject to strict time limitations, and will be aborted if they exceed five minutes of execution time. This can be a problem for some longer-running tasks that are otherwise well-suited to serverless delivery.
Benjamin Plotkin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

  • Large price jumps between certain resource tiers (2x Dyno for $50 per month versus Performance Dyno for $250). Free Postgres next jumps to $50 per month.
  • Marketing/Branding to non-technical stakeholders. As the years pass, I've had to fight more to convince stakeholders on the value of Heroku over AWS.
  • Improve Buildpack documentation. This is one area where Heroku's documentation is fairly confusing.
Ben Gelsey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

AWS Lambda

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$2.1e-9 Per 1 ms

AWS Lambda Editions & Modules

Edition
128 MB$0.00000000211
1024 MB$0.00000001671
10240 MB$0.00000016671
  1. Per 1 ms
Additional Pricing Details

Heroku Platform

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$85 per month

Heroku Platform Editions & Modules

Edition
Production$25.001
Advanced$250.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

AWS Lambda

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 9.5
Based on 6 answers
Heroku is easy to use, services a ton of functions for you out of the box, and provides a means to get a software product off the ground and managed quickly and easily. The tools provide allows a small to medium size org to move very quickly. The CLI tools provided make managing an entire technical infrastructure simple.
Mark Hutter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda 9.0
Based on 13 answers
I give it a seven is usability because it's AWS. Their UI's are always clunkier than the competition and their documentation is rather cumbersome. There's SO MUCH to dig through and it's a gamble if you actually end up finding the corresponding info if it will actually help. Like I said before, going to google with a specific problem is likely a better route because AWS is quite ubiquitous and chances are you're not the first to encounter the problem. That being said, using SAM (Serverless application model) and it's SAM Local environment makes running local instances of your Lambdas in dev environments painless and quite fun. Using Nodejs + Lambda + SAM Local + VS Code debugger = AWESOME.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 9.2
Based on 17 answers
Easy to use web based console and easy to use command line tools; deployment is done directly from a GIT repository. What more could you ask for?The one thing that keeps me from giving it a 10 is that custom build packs are almost incomprehensible. We used one for a while because we needed cairo graphics processing. Fortunately, I was able to figure out a different way to do what we needed so that we could get off the custom build pack.
David Hart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

AWS Lambda

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Heroku availability correlates pretty strongly to AWS US EAST availability. We had a couple of times where there was a Heroku-specific issue but not for the last 7-8 months.
David Hart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

AWS Lambda

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The only issue that I ever have is that about 1 out of 20 deployments (git push) will hang and need to be cancelled and done again.
David Hart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda 8.6
Based on 33 answers
I have not needed support for AWS Lambda, since it is already using Python, which has resources all over the internet. AWS blog posts have information about how to install some libraries, which is necessary for some more complex operations, but this is available online and didn't require specific customer support for.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 8.7
Based on 38 answers
I've used it for many years without facing any major problem. It's not hard at all to get used to it, it's documentation is outstanding and simple. We are close to 2020 and I don't think most of the existing companies or startups should still face old problems such as wasting time deploying code and calculate computing resources.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

AWS Lambda

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 9.0
Based on 6 answers
Be ready to pay a bit more than expected in the beginning if you're migrating from a big server. The application is probably not ready for the change and you have to keep improving it with time.
It's also important to consider that you can't save anything to the disc as it will be lost when your application restarts, so you have to think about using something like S3.
Willian Molinari | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

AWS Lambda

Azure Functions is another product that provides lambda functionality, but the documentation for some of Azure's products is quite hard to read. Additionally, AWS Lambda was one of the first cloud computing products on a large cloud service that implemented lambda functions, so they have had the most time to develop the product, increase the quality of service, and extend functionality to more languages. Amazon, by far, has the best service for Lambda that I know.
Fedor Paretsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

Heroku is the more expensive option for hosting compared to some of the cloud platforms we investigated, but it's worth it for us because of the plug-and-play nature of Heroku deployment. We can be up and running in a few minutes and know with precision how much it will cost us each month to run the application, unlike Amazon Web Services where you have to go to great pains to configure it correctly or else you might end up with a shocking monthly bill. Overall, spending the time to configure Amazon Web Services or one of its competitors is likely the more affordable and powerful choice, because you have control over so many specifics of the configuration. But it also requires the burden of continuing to maintain and update your AWS instance, whereas with Heroku they take care of security fixes and platform upgrades. It's a great service and we are happy to pay the extra cost for the value-adds Heroku provides.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

AWS Lambda

  • I was able to perform a lot of processing on data delivered from my website and little or no cost. This was a big plus to me.
  • Programming AWS Lambda is quite easy once you understand the time limits to the functions.
  • AWS Lambda has really good integration with the AWS S3 storage system. This a very good method of delivering data to be processed and a good place to pick it up after processing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

  • It has been critical in seamlessly operating our platform with runs all of our programs.
  • It has been impressive with its ability to scale quickly which results in the growth of our work.
  • It allows for tracking of different features which allows for quick problem solving which saves us time.
Emily Cooper | TrustRadius Reviewer

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