AWS services for modern JS and Python apps development

11 AWS services that combine well with Python and JS, making a better user experience for your applications while taking fewer resources

Python and Javascript with their frameworks and libraries are among the most popular technologies for modern app development. Working with React and Node.js or with Django, Flask, and Pyramid is what makes your web apps, desktop, and mobile apps robust and desirable in today’s world. 

What if we say that there is still a place for improvement? Using AWS services for your application development and maintenance will give you a competitive edge and let you innovate more quickly, taking less time for you to deliver your product to market. There is a vast variety of different AWS services for you out there. So here is where a question arises: How do I choose AWS service?

Amazon Web Services will let you access its scalable app and web servers on-demand as well as allow you to store and deliver your data, use its databases, search, cache, and other app services. Quite a lot of helpful features for you to use, isn’t it? So to make your choice easier we made a list of 11 useful AWS services that will combine well with Python and JS frameworks and help you build and run applications that provide a superb customer experience without having an operational overhead within your team.

1. S3

To begin with, let’s make an honorable mention of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). It is the first AWS service everyone comes across when starting to work with Amazon. S3 is a storage for the internet that lets you store and fetch any amount of data of any format anytime, anywhere. This service offers outstanding security, scalability, performance, and data availability. Amazon S3 can be used together with other AWS services, including Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS, Amazon Glacier, and other storage repositories and gateways.

S3 benefits

  • Storage of infinite amount of data
  • User permissions
  • Buckets for data storage
  • Cost-effective
  • Low latency

2. Lambda

Lambda is an AWS service that lets you compute your code without having to use a server. With this service, your code can be executed for any type of backend service or apps. Lambda does all the compute resources managing, auto scaling, logging, capacity maintenance, and code controlling for you. There’s also a good feature that Lambda can offer you - Provisioned Concurrency that gives you better control over the functioning of your serverless apps at any scale. You can apply Lambda to other services, like CloudWatch, DynamoDB, or S3 to build a mix of serverless, real-time data processing systems. Lambda is mostly used when building powerful mobile, web and IoT backends and for data processing like machine learning, real-time stream processing, or real-time file processing.

Lambda benefits

  • No servers
  • Cost-optimization
  • AutoScaling
  • Steady performance
  • Provisioned Concurrency

3. DynamoDB

DynamoDB is a NoSQL multi-active durable database service that provides you with stable performance even as it scales. You don’t have to overthink about software patching, setup and configuration, hardware provisioning, and all that stuff anymore. DynamoDB can also provide you with good encryption at Rest, which gets rid of complications and all the operational troubles when securing important data. This service is often used for building reusable responsive microservices and interactive web or mobile applications that have offline access, can be updated in real-time, and have data sync with built-in conflict resolution. Our team uses DynamoDB as a good alternative to CouchDB to ensure the best customer experience.

DynamoDB benefits 

  • Serverless
  • Performance at scale
  • Enterprise-ready
  • Auto Scaling
  • Linear scalability

4. SNS and SQS

Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) and Simple Queue Service (SQS) are messaging services for developers, provided by AWS. SNS is a fast, yet simple distributed publish-subscribe system that helps you with sending push notifications like SMS, emails, sqs, or HTTP endpoint to your users. SQS is a distributed queuing system that lets you decouple or integrate applications. You can receive, save, and send messages between software components at any capacity with no issues.

SNS and SQS benefits

  • Millions of messages in no time
  • App modernization and decoupling
  • Cost-effective automatic scaling
  • No administrative expenses
  • Reliable message delivery
  • High accuracy with deduplication and message ordering

5. AppSync

AWS AppSync is a service that takes care of secure connections to data sources like Lambda, DynamoDB, and others to make it easy for you to create GraphQL APIs. This AWS service lets your apps relate to data from devices that are offline and helps you manage data from mobile apps in real-time between the device and the cloud. With AppSync, your apps will be able to provide real-time cooperative experiences in mobile applications and browsers even when a network connection is lost. 

AppSync benefits

  • Serverless
  • Easy and secure data access
  • Real-time and offline features
  • Auto Scaling
  • Millions of requests in no time

6. Cognito

Amazon Cognito is a service that lets you add authorization, authentication, and user management to your apps. Identity pools and user pools are the two parts of Cognito that you can use together or separately. User pool lets your users sign up and sign in directly through this service or using a third party like Facebook, Google, etc. This service also synchronizes data so that your customers can still receive a superb user experience when changing devices. Amazon Cognito is used in web and mobile app development.

Cognito benefits

  • Standards-based authentication
  • Scalable and secure user directory
  • Simple app integration
  • Advanced security features
  • Social and enterprise identity federation

7. Elasticsearch

Amazon Elasticsearch is a search & analysis service that helps you deploy, run, and secure Elasticsearch in a cost-effective way. With this AWS service, you can search, analyze, and store immense amounts of data in record time. You get all search responses quickly because Elasticsearch searches an index instead of scouting the text precisely. The service has built-in integrations with Logstash, Kibana, and other AWS services like Amazon Lambda, Amazon Cloudwatch, and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Amazon Elasticsearch is mostly used for search, infrastructure and application monitoring, and security information & event management (SIEM).

Elasticsearch benefits

  • Auto Scaling 
  • Cost-effective
  • Highly-developed security
  • Easy to manage
  • Search flexibility

8. Cloudwatch

Amazon Cloudwatch is monitoring and log analytics service that gives you access to data and actionable insights for controlling your apps with just a 1-second granularity, improving resource utilization, and helps with reacting to system-wide performance changes. Cloudwatch is good for gathering and tracking metrics, it displays them about all AWS services you use automatically. This service is most often used with AWS services like AWS Lambda, S3, ElasticSearch, EC2, Fargate, tools and services like Terraform and Kubernetes, etc. 

Cloudwatch benefits

  • Ability to enhance resource optimization and operational efficiency
  • Monitoring apps and infrastructure on just one platform
  • Actionable insights from logs
  • The easiest way to gather metrics from other AWS services
  • Great operational visibility and insight
  • Custom dashboards

9. Fargate

Amazon Fargate is a compute engine for containers that gets rid of the necessity of managing and provisioning servers, enhances security via app isolation by design, and allows you to define and pay for resources per application. This service divides the proper amount of compute resources so that you don’t have to scale cluster capacity or pick instances and can pay for resources per application. AWS Fargate works with both Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) and Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS). 

Fargate benefits

  • Properly sized resources
  • Adjustable pricing
  • Infrastructure auto scaling, patching, and security 
  • Extensive app observability
  • Secure isolation by design

10. Step Functions

Amazon Step Functions is a function orchestrator that connects different AWS services with AWS Lambda Functions to develop complex multi-step workflows. Step Functions takes control of error handling, sequencing, retry logic, and state, making it easier for your team to handle the complexity of app management. Your app’s workflow will be shown through the graphical console as a string of event-driven steps so you can check the state of every step to confirm that the application runs smoothly. In case of failure of one component, dividing an application into steps (service components) with Step Functions will prevent the whole system from going down, plus you can update any component without redeploying the entire system after every adjustment. 

Step Functions benefits 

  • Serverless
  • Upgraded resiliency
  • Code reusability
  • Building apps quickly
  • Updates without redeploying
  • Development in different languages

11. CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront is an agile content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers your content to users quickly and with low latency. Its progressive security capabilities offer protection against different attacks (like network and application layer DDoS attacks) by integrating with other AWS services such as AWS Web Application Firewall, AWS Shield, and Amazon Route 53. CloudFront is often used for handling live video streaming, Dynamic Content & API Acceleration, website protection & distribution, and software delivery.

CloudFront benefits

  • Dynamic worldwide transfer 
  • AWS integration
  • Massive capacity and scale
  • Cost-effective
  • Advanced security

AWS services for your business

We make apps on Python and JS for a robust backend and combine it with AWS services for a complex and interactive frontend. AWS + Python + JS or AWS + JS are perfect combinations for your ideal application that delivers superb performance & scalability and is easy to operate. If you are ready to try AWS services for improvement, contact us, and our experts will conduct a comprehensive analysis and advise the best backend and frontend solutions for your business. And if you’re interested in other services and technologies you can use for your business, feel free to visit our website anytime!

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