ResourcesReportsThe State of Serverless WebSocket Infrastructure
V2.0 • Jul, 2022

Build WebSocket 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, WebSocket infrastructure to create live and collaborative 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 WebSocket infrastructure provides a competitive advantage.

  • 69% of self-build WebSocket 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 WebSocket infrastructure in-house.

Download the full report to learn:

  • Cost and time to build and maintain WebSocket infrastructure.

  • Cost and time to expand and deliver realtime, WebSocket-based capabilities at scale.

  • The advantage of working with a serverless WebSocket PaaS provider over building WebSocket infrastructure in-house.

Customers building on Ably's serverless WebSocket platform

  1. Realtime patient engagement and care scheduling for 60k+ patients/day.

  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 and odds for sports, betting, and media companies around the world.