AWS Lambda for Education
Barry Burd | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 15, 2019

AWS Lambda for Education

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with AWS Lambda

I've used AWS Lambda to create Alexa skills. I write articles about these skills and teach university students to create skills.
  • Rapid deployment of code.
  • Rapid execution of code.
  • Cost-effective use of the cloud.
  • The setup pages for AWS Lambda could be more intuitive.
  • AWS Lambda could have better Java integration.
  • AWS Lambda is a necessary tool for teaching students how to create Alexa skills.
  • For students' low-volume use, AWS Lambda is free. That's good.
  • There are several ways to misstep when creating an AWS Lambda function. Students have trouble with that, and it requires time and effort to diagnose their errors.
I've used Google Cloud Functions to create apps for Google Home devices. My students find this more difficult to use than AWS Lambda, especially when it comes to setting permissions.
My only support experience is reading the documentation, which I find useful in most cases.

Do you think AWS Lambda delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with AWS Lambda's feature set?

Yes

Did AWS Lambda live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of AWS Lambda go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy AWS Lambda again?

Yes

AWS Lambda is very well suited to the scenario in which I use it; namely, Alexa skills. To respond to an Alexa skill request, it would be inefficient to spin up a server. For applications that run continuously and are not event-driven, AWS Lambda is not well-suited.

AWS Lambda Feature Ratings

Ease of building user interfaces
6
Scalability
9
Platform management overhead
9
Workflow engine capability
9
Platform access control
9
Services-enabled integration
9
Development environment creation
7
Development environment replication
8
Issue monitoring and notification
9
Issue recovery
8
Upgrades and platform fixes
8