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50-Plus Biggest AWS Announcements From re:Invent 2020

CRN breaks down more than 50 new product and service announcements from the top-ranked cloud provider’s annual partner and customer conference that continues in January.

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Lambda Pricing Change

Jassy announced that AWS had changed the billing for AWS Lambda, its event-driven, serverless computing platform, effective for December’s billing cycle.

The cloud provider changed the billing increment for Lambda function duration from 100 milliseconds to 1 millisecond, which means customers can save up to 70 percent for some workloads, according to Jassy.

Jonathan LaCour, chief technology officer at Mission, said he was particularly struck by AWS‘ continued investments in driving serverless forward in meaningful ways.

“The move from 100ms to 1ms granularity for billing on Lambda not only will result in immediate cost savings for current Lambda users, it reinforces and strengthens the power that Lambda gives AWS customers from a cost-optimization perspective,” LaCour said. “When you can trace down to the millisecond how much a single function is costing you, that provides a massive incentive to invest in optimizing your hottest functions. As a developer, having such clear financial incentive for refactoring and optimizing code is a breath of fresh air.”

The bigger serverless announcement for LaCour though was AWS enabling developers to build and deploy Lambda functions using existing workflows, technologies and tools used for containerization.

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