Amazon Web Services’ Lambda is one of the first serverless platforms in the industry. Since its launch in 2014, Amazon has added multiple features to make it the most mature Functions as a Service (FaaS). The platform supports various language runtimes, including Node.js, Python, Java, Ruby, C#, Go, and PowerShell. There is tight integration with mainstream AWS managed services that act as event sources to trigger Lambda functions.

Traditionally, serverless compute platforms and FaaS offerings such as AWS Lambda are associated with stateless functions. Since the functions are invoked and terminated based on events, there is no intrinsic persistence layer available. The state is always externalized by moving it to object storage, NoSQL database, in-memory database, or a relational database instance. It’s common to maintain state in Lambda functions by writing it to an object in an S3 bucket or a DynamoDB or RDS table.

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