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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

AWS Lambda

I would definitely recommend using Lambda for short-running, event-triggered processes that are dedicated to a single function. This could be for one-off processing or intermediate tasks between other resources like objects stored in buckets and queues for processing those objects. Also, since Lambda executions can be scheduled, processes that need to happen on regular intervals can be implemented with Lambda as well.I would not recommend using Lambda for anything that needs to run longer than a few seconds. Long running processes like ETL jobs or intensive computations may be better suited for step functions, batch jobs, or even a server based approach.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nanobox

I would only get into it if I where willing to pay for the support plan and getting some assurances from the team as to where they are headed. The platform itself is great and can save you a ton of hard work and money. but it's hard to be confidant in it's sustainability.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

AWS Lambda
8.4
Nanobox
8.6
Ease of building user interfaces
AWS Lambda
8.3
Nanobox
Scalability
AWS Lambda
9.3
Nanobox
10.0
Platform management overhead
AWS Lambda
8.4
Nanobox
10.0
Workflow engine capability
AWS Lambda
8.4
Nanobox
Platform access control
AWS Lambda
9.1
Nanobox
8.0
Services-enabled integration
AWS Lambda
9.1
Nanobox
9.0
Development environment creation
AWS Lambda
7.9
Nanobox
10.0
Development environment replication
AWS Lambda
7.7
Nanobox
10.0
Issue monitoring and notification
AWS Lambda
8.1
Nanobox
6.0
Issue recovery
AWS Lambda
8.1
Nanobox
8.0
Upgrades and platform fixes
AWS Lambda
8.4
Nanobox
6.0

Pros

AWS Lambda

  • AWS Lambda is a welcoming platform, supporting several languages, including Java, Go, PowerShell, Node.js, C#, Python, and Ruby. And if you need to deploy a Lambda function in another language, AWS offers a Runtime API for integration.
  • We really appreciate how AWS Lambda is always-on for our functions, with only a brief "cold-start" waiting period the first time a function is called after being dormant.
  • In addition to only generating costs when it's actually being used, AWS Lambda really puts the "serverless" in serverless architecture, offering turnkey scaleability and high availability for our code with zero effort on our part.
Benjamin Plotkin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nanobox

  • Relatively easy setup. One file named "boxfile.xml" controls all relevant services including there communication ports, routes and build steps.
  • Scaling is easy - you can put everything on one machine, split certain services to dedicated machines and scale services to multiple machines. best of all this can be done at any time with almost zero down time.
  • I have not used this yet, but for a few hundred dollars a month you can get dedicated operational services to help you make your setup even easier and ensure your system is operational.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AWS Lambda

  • The UI and Developer experience is not so great. IF you use an abstraction like Serverless Application Model (SAM), things get pretty easy, but it's still AWS UI/DX you're working with after that (which is to say, not their strength).
  • Documentation is always a mixed bag. Sometimes it's just easier to google your specific problem and see how others have solved it. This can be much faster than trying to find an example that may or may not be there in the documentation (which oftentimes has multiple versions and revisions).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nanobox

  • The company has not been very communicative as of lately. Not much news, no apparent work on missing features.
  • Some components are incomplete as far as some critical features. For example, I use RethinkDB as my database and it's missing critical features like backup and clustering, so It is unusable and they should have made that clear from the get go.
  • The pricing on the support plan is vague. I do have the feeling it is actually well worth the money, but it's hard to form a decisions based without more predictable specific.
  • Seems to me like the platform's future is unclear.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda 8.5
Based on 9 answers
It is very easy to get started with AWS Lambda and create your first function. The user interface makes it easy to add AWS services to be inputs or outputs to the function, meaning it can be configured in many different ways for different needs. This makes it ideal for various scenarios in AWS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nanobox

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda 8.1
Based on 18 answers
Support is great and is rarely needed. Once you get a service running, it usually is error-free unless there's a change in the way you are integrating with it. We have had services run for several years without being maintained. The stability of the platform is staggering as long as you follow platforms.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nanobox

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Nanobox

The ability to choose your own cloud provider is huge, especially for a small start up like I have. We have a lot of free credit from AWS, Google Cloud, IBM, Azure, etc...The data layer is baked into the system which is better for integration then an external provider.There are also a lot fewer differences between environment as everything is Docker based which gives me the confidence that what works on my machine is going to work in production.Heroku doesn't have good support for Docker containers yet and although Heroku has served me well in the past, it is limited in some aspects.
Sagiv Frankel | 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

Nanobox

  • The platform is saving me a lot of time I would have been wasting on operations instead of development.
  • The platform is saving me a lot of money as I can easily switch between cloud providers to find the best price.
  • I am worried though for the price I might have to pay in case of an unexpected system issue.
  • Hopefully I will be able to pay the support plan before that.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

AWS Lambda

General

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

AWS Lambda Editions & Modules

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

Nanobox

General

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

Nanobox Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AWS Lambda
8.6
Nanobox
7.0

Usability

AWS Lambda
8.5
Nanobox

Support Rating

AWS Lambda
8.1
Nanobox

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