ResourcesReportsThe State of Edge Messaging Infrastructure
V1.0 • May, 2022

Build realtime infrastructure in-house or outsource to the experts?

It's a tough question for many engineering decision makers. Many times, the easiest way to make a decision is to learn from peer experiences.

This is why Ably surveyed over 500 engineering leaders: to understand the challenges they faced when building and maintaining their own realtime, event-driven, edge messaging infrastructure in order to create shared live experiences for end users. Chat, order delivery tracking, live streaming, virtual events and simultaneous document collaboration are just a few examples of what this infrastructure enables.

Key findings in this report include:

  • 89% of engineering leaders say scalable edge messaging infrastructure provides a competitive advantage.

  • 69% of self-build projects lasted more than three months and 93% needed more than 4 engineers.

  • 41% indicate that missed deadlines and extended timelines are significant problems when building infrastructure in-house.

Download the full report to learn:

  • Cost and time to build and maintain realtime edge messaging infrastructure.

  • Cost and time to expand and deliver realtime edge messaging at scale.

  • The advantage of working with a Platform-as-a-Service provider over building realtime edge messaging infrastructure in-house.

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  2. Powers live chat, updates, analytics, and composition for millions of users.

  3. Powers realtime analysis of feature impact on business, product, and operational metrics.

  4. Provides realtime sports data for sports, betting, and media companies around the world.