The key benefits of serverless computing with Sigma

Why is everyone interested in moving to serverless computing? Nowadays the business world is incorporating serverless computing to gain success in many aspects. It offers a path to an environmentally friendly, innovative approach to computing, and various capabilities compared to the existing infrastructures.

SLAppForge Sigma is one of the simplest Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) to acclimate serverless applications in an easy manner. This write-up describes the key benefits that you can gain from serverless computing with Sigma.

Eco-friendly approach

Carbon emissions caused by human activities are a key driving force behind global warming; the biggest challenge that the world faces today. When running an in-house server, it needs capital investment, electricity, space, resources, IT support, and time. Moreover, you need to ensure the security of your data and face many other challenges along the way. Serverless computing is becoming a big contributor to reducing carbon emission and electricity consumption by providing their users access their servers with a positive impact on the environment — along with the elimination of many of the challenges that I mentioned before.

Sigma is a truly browser-based serverless IDE, which is compatible with many leading browsers. It utilizes only the required resources to perform its work, without any overprovisioning or spawning of EC2 instances. Users can select the base platform, according to their desired cloud provider, and use their computing power based on on-demand computing. Therefore, Sigma is a completely serverless application the user doesn’t need to bother with any installation or upgrade process.

Easy to use

The best thing is, serverless computing facilitates developers to focus more on the business logic without limiting the capacity of their servers. All server management is done by cloud providers. The user doesn’t need to bother about Hardware, Software, OS, runtime environment or any other deployment complexities.

Sigma is not only an IDE; it can interact with your cloud provider platform on behalf of you and make an easy path to develop your workflows. Average knowledge in serverless computing will be enough to start developing in Sigma.

To start Sigma, the user only needs

  • Credential of serverless computing enabled cloud provider platform; either AWS (Amazon Web Services) or GCP (Google Cloud Platform) to deploy their serverless application.
  • A Version Control Account; either Bitbucket or GitHub; to save Sigma projects

To explore the Sigma IDE, a user can choose the demo user option to get some awesome lightweight serverless experience in a friendly manner. Anyone can sign up to Sigma IDE with a few steps by providing a valid email address with little information. Create a Sigma account; it’s completely free to create. Users can also use their Social Logins (Google/Facebook) accounts to Sign in to Sigma in one click.

 

 

Low cost

In serverless computing, you are only paying for what you use. You don’t need to pay for capital expenditures, maintenance or any additional charges. Users can focus on their R&D and innovation approaches without any hassle, rather than preparations for Serverless computing.

Sigma offers three different reasonable pricing plans as FREE, PREMIUM and ENTERPRISE so you can choose the best one that works for you. Users only need to pay for code hosting (e.g. GitHub costs — if any) and AWS or GCP billed utilization. Your cost directly relates to how much resources you have utilized in the use case. Thus, users need to always keep an eye on their resource utilization. Sigma supports AWS services such as Compute, Storage, Databases, Analytics, Machine Learning and GCP services for Databases, Storage and Pub-sub messaging to build your use case in a simple manner.

Scalable architecture

Scalability is handled by the cloud providers to offer maximum benefits from serverless computing in any situation. When the volume or load gets increased, all the backend scaling will be managed by cloud providers within a few milliseconds, facilitating the application to continue its work. Using Sigma IDE, developers don’t need to set up any EC2 instances or scale up their application manually — or even bother any transaction performance problems.

Greater flexibility

Serverless computing allows developers to do their work from anywhere to fit the business logic and to customize the product rapidly according to the customer’s requirement. Sigma is a hybrid cloud IDE that supports Node.js and Python languages. The Monaco Editor enriches coding with the auto-completion feature, and a user can easily drag and drop resources to the editor and can make further modifications by editor pane or by clicking the resource config icons. Composing a deployment template for the project, generating permissions for the resources, and all other configuration hurdles are handled by the Sigma IDE.

 

 

Before deploying the function, users can test their code within the Sigma IDE using Test Events and Live Debug Mode to verify that their serverless AWS Lambda function works as expected. This will increase the quality of your application by eliminating code level issues earlier in the process, rather than spending effort and time with bug fixes.

 

 

SigmaTrail displays TEST logs and PROD logs in Sigma IDE. Users can create and run test events on Sigma IDE, and get the TEST logs to ensure the correctness of code updates, dependencies, and permissions in less than 1 minute. PROD log shows the actual invocations of your deployed AWS Lambda functions.

 

 

One-click deployment is a key characteristic of Sigma IDE that can commit, build and deploy your function code and displays the status of the process on pop-ups in a simple way. If the user has done any modifications on cloud entities, Sigma automatically handles adding, modifying and removing the resources, and displays a summary of the changes of the project.

 

 

Fewer security concerns

Cloud providers are regularly testing the security of all OS/processors, protecting the system against malware, maintaining network firewalls and enhancing security responsibilities to mitigate the risks that can affect serverless applications. When adapting to serverless computing, the application owner only needs to consider managing IAM roles and permissions, properly handling errors, etc. By the way, Sigma IDE handles even most of these hard parts for you.

Sigma IDE needs your cloud provider account credentials to access the cloud provider platform. It uses AWS Cognito to encrypt your saved credentials with your account password and PIN. Do not worry; no one can decrypt your credentials unless you provide your password/PIN — even Sigma! One of the Key product decisions of Sigma IDE is never sharing your credentials outside of the browser. Sigma IDE auto-generates and manages IAM roles for functions and trust policies for the triggers. So users can have the coolest Serverless development experience, with in-built security.

24×7 availability and support

Cloud providers deploy servers in several regions around the world to give greater flexibility with many advantages (mitigate risk, cost and performance optimization, etc.) Sigma IDE is based on a cloud, SaaS web platform with many more competencies that can connect through the internet. Fault tolerance, supporting multiple regions, and 24×7 usability are some of the nonpayment advantages of serverless architecture you can get on hand with Sigma IDE.

Sigma supports multiple regions with some well recognized AWS resources such as DynamoDB, Kinesis, S3, RDS, Cognito, SQS, ElastiCache, CloudWatch and GCP resources such as Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, Cloud Pub/Sub and Cloud Datastore. SLAppForge Sigma has a dedicated team to support you through online chats and webinars, which will always guide you to get maximum benefits from Sigma IDE. For further references, you can follow documentation and blogs related to Sigma.

Enhance productivity and creates business agility

Cloud providers are keeping an eye on business demand to give a competitive advantage to their users. Sigma IDE handles all the hard work on behalf of you to give a greater experience and enhance productivity by easily adopting serverless development. Users can carry on their development from anywhere.

Sigma sample projects will help to get a general idea about how serverless development can address the scenarios of your applications. Users can also import public Serverless Framework projects. Users can also use some other resources which are not supported in the resources pane by bringing their configurations and required permissions into the Sigma IDE.

Sigma IDE certainly facilitates organizations to enhance their productivity by focusing more on their end-user experience rather than thinking of how to manage the business operations and infrastructure with serverless computing.

 

 

Users can build innovative applications with Sigma IDE in an intuitive environment. Sigma collaborative editing feature is coming soon to enhance cooperation by allowing multiple users to build the project. Sigma IDE users can collaborate on code-level changes and also can add, modify or remove cloud resources defined in the project, speeding up delivery to the market.

Conclusion

Serverless computing has become one of the biggest turning points in the IT industry with many competencies. Sigma IDE supports all the key benefits of serverless computing for small to large scale industries to ‘Think Serverless’. It facilitates to build, test and deploy your serverless application in the browser itself. Yes, users need to invest some time and effort to move to serverless, yet Sigma IDE will help to adopt serverless computing much faster with a joyful serverless journey. The SLAppForge Sigma team will always do their best to give the smartest serverless experience on hand to their customers. Serverless computing will no longer be a technical challenge thus the day the world is moving to serverless is not far away. Join Sigma IDE and ‘Think Serverless’.