AWS Lambda vs AWS Step Functions: What are the differences?
AWS Lambda: Automatically run code in response to modifications to objects in Amazon S3 buckets, messages in Kinesis streams, or updates in DynamoDB. AWS Lambda is a compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the underlying compute resources for you. You can use AWS Lambda to extend other AWS services with custom logic, or create your own back-end services that operate at AWS scale, performance, and security; AWS Step Functions: Build Distributed Applications Using Visual Workflows. AWS Step Functions makes it easy to coordinate the components of distributed applications and microservices using visual workflows. Building applications from individual components that each perform a discrete function lets you scale and change applications quickly.
AWS Lambda belongs to "Serverless / Task Processing" category of the tech stack, while AWS Step Functions can be primarily classified under "Cloud Task Management".
9GAG, Asana, and CircleCI are some of the popular companies that use AWS Lambda, whereas AWS Step Functions is used by Clever, Froothaus, and MessageMedia. AWS Lambda has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1023 company stacks & 614 developers stacks; compared to AWS Step Functions, which is listed in 19 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.
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