Serverless vs Standard EC2 on AWS
When getting started on AWS, many people think that they’re simply taking traditional infrastructure and moving it to the cloud. However, that’s simply not the case in 2020. There’s a strong paradigm shift that brings us to a battle of serverless vs standard EC2 on AWS.
Cloud services have developed to a point where it makes sense to use them beyond data storage and server rentals. There’s many more web services and tools that you can use to power your applications and ultimately make release cycles faster and build higher quality software.
To determine how to best use cloud services, it’s important to understand the differences between the two paradigms.
What is EC2?
EC2 is elastic compute cloud from Amazon Web Services. Put simply, it’s a way to rent servers and round cloud applications.
What is Serverless?
Serverless is a new paradigm of computing where you aren’t paying for server space or managing the underlying operating system. You’re typically paying per function call and execution time. The platform, AWS, is managing all of the underlying complexity of operating system updates and scalability.
The service that most resembles serverless computing on AWS is Lambda, but many AWS services are becoming truly serverless.
What does this mean for you?
When building an application, you can either go the traditional way or move in the same direction as the platform. AWS is investing heavily in serverless, and it’s becoming a huge piece of company infrastructure.
We highly recommend taking advantage of serverless architecture, and reaping the cost, performance, and simplicity wins in your applications.