Amazon Web Services remains one of the largest computing and storage service providers in the world. It has introduced numerous add-ons and extensions to date. These have helped small and large businesses to streamline their business operations immensely. The AWS Lambda Extension is designed to provide an easy way to integrate Lambda with your choice of computer services.

In simple words, AWS Lambda Extensions are computing services that allow users to run codes without the need to provision or manage server space. Lambda from AWS executes your code only when the need arises. Thanks to its auto-scaling features AWS Lambda is also extremely flexible. It can run from a handful of requests to thousands of requests per second. This means that users are charged only for the computing time consumed and are not charged when there is no requirement to run codes.

Using AWS Lambda Extensions

AWS has made Lambda Extensions incredibly easy to use. Users with the basic knowledge of server computing can easily use the extension services.

This is the simple four-step procedure to explain how the AWS Lambda Extension works:


  1. Users write code in Lambda’s code-editor or directly upload their code on AWS Lambda.
  2. Users set up codes for triggering from HTTP endpoints, in-app activity or other AWS services.
  3. AWS Lambda runs the code when it is triggered and uses only the required server resources.
  4. Users pay for the precise time-period it took to compute and run their codes
Using AWS Lambda Extensions

Using AWS Lambda Extensions

Features of AWS Lambda Extensions

These are the top features of AWS Lambda Extensions which have helped users to reduce their expenses and increase their efficiency to run codes:

1 – Custom Logic integrates other services with AWS

AWS Lambda supports custom logic with AWS resources, including Amazon DynamoDB tables and Amazon S3 buckets. This makes it easier to compute data as it is entered and transferred through the cloud servers.

2 – Customized on-demand back-end services

AWS Lambda allows users to create brand-new, customized back-end services for existing applications. These can be run on-demand with the Lambda API or custom API endpoints created on Amazon API Gateway. This feature helps to prevent variations in client platform, ensures easier updates and minimizes battery usage simultaneously.

3 – Create your own code

AWS Lambda is extremely easy to use. There is no need for users to learn a new language or tool as Lambda can be easily integrated with native and third-party libraries. It also allows users to write several codes, including SDKs, frameworks, libraries, etc, using Lambda Layer which helps to manage and share the codes easily across multiple platforms.

4 – Advantage of automated administration

The AWS Lambda Extension manages the entire IT infrastructure to run codes on freely available, error-resistant infrastructure. This lets users focus on creating effective back-end services. The extension does not need a special upgrade to release a patch, or resize server space, thanks to its incredible scalability.

5 – Amazing auto-scalability

The Lambda Extension from AWS is designed to use server space only when a request to run codes is made. It has incredible scalability and is made to handle varying loads of requests. This enabled it to configure the computing power accordingly.

Advantages of AWS Lambda Extensions

Check out the prime advantages of using AWS Lambda Extensions:

Server-Less Management

The extension runs your code automatically and does not require users to dictate the computing power for every request batch. Users can simply write the code and upload it to Lambda without the need to provision or manage server space.

Constant Scaling

Lambda Extensions are designed to automatically measure and adjust applications according to the response from individual triggers. The codes are run and compared with each trigger simultaneously which allows it to scale accurately, according to the request load.

Cost-Efficient Operations

AWS Lambda Extensions charge users for every 100 milliseconds of time that it took to run the code as well as according to the number of times the code is triggered. Thus, as users only have to pay for the computing time, this makes the extension an incredibly cost-efficient business tool.

Uniform Performance

Lambda from AWS allows users to optimize the code-execution process by choosing the correct memory space for each function. To get an even faster response, users can choose to activate Provisioned Concurrency and keep their functions tested and ready to run at a moment’s notice.

AWS Lambda has proven its excellence at cost-efficient computing and real-time code processing. Similar to other services from the company, the AWS Lambda Extension is another incredible efficiency-enhancing tool from Amazon.

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Steve is a product-marketer and Engineer at Cloudysave who works with Cloud Management and Adoption team. Over the past years, he has collaborated with multiple teams to provide a robust and cost-effective architecture patterns to influence business and engineering decisions. His key areas of interests include Cloud Costs Management, Security and DevOps Best-Practices.