Differences between AWS Lambda and Azure Functions

AWS By Feb 22, 2024 No Comments

breaking down the key differences and similarities between AWS Lambda and Azure Functions, both of which are major players in the serverless computing world:

AWS Lambda (Amazon Web Services)

  • Pioneering Force: Lambda enjoys a longer history and is often seen as the frontrunner in defining serverless architecture.
  • Broad Language Support: Offers a wide array of natively supported programming languages like Java, Python, Node.js, C#, Go, Ruby, and PowerShell.
  • AWS Ecosystem Integration: Seamlessly connects with other AWS services (S3, DynamoDB, SNS, etc.), making it a strong fit if you’re deeply invested in the AWS landscape.
  • Shorter Maximum Execution Time: Individual Lambda functions are limited to a 15-minute execution time.

Azure Functions (Microsoft Azure)

  • Tighter Azure Integration: Designed to mesh well with other services within the Azure ecosystem (Azure Storage, Cosmos DB, etc.).
  • Flexible Runtime Options: Supports languages like Python, Node.js, C#, Java, PowerShell, and others. While slightly less extensive than Lambda, you still have the most common choices.
  • Potential for Longer Execution: Azure Functions can have significantly longer execution times, in some cases offering virtually unlimited durations.
  • Visual Studio Focus: Development experience is often tied to Visual Studio.

Core Similarities

  • Pay-per-use Pricing: Both services charge you based on compute time used rather than provisioning always-on servers.
  • Scaling: Automatically scale in response to incoming requests, providing agility and cost efficiency.
  • Event-Driven: Built to respond to a variety of triggers (file uploads, database changes, HTTP requests, etc.).

So, How Do You Choose?

The best choice often depends on these factors:


I'm Abhay Singh, an Architect with 9 Years of It experience. AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

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