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Jul, 2022

The State of Serverless WebSocket Infrastructure

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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.

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  • 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.

Ably has been super reliable, a part of our stack I know I can depend on. It copes easily with big loads generated by multiple presentations happening simultaneously across the globe. We don't have to worry about stability, even when we get huge traffic spikes. Ably is a key partner for us, one that we refer to as 'Enably' because it allows us to innovate at pace to elevate our core proposition.

Johan Bengtsson
CTO, Mentimeter

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