How I used edge computing to reduce server costs by 90%
Andrew Lucker Nov 28 '17 Originally published at Medium on Nov 28, 2017
Cloud providers and CDNs are now pushing to support a distributed model of computation. This would be very beneficial to the cloud providers who would gain customers relying on their technology more heavily. For consumers the appeal is order of magnitude reduced cost and improved user experience.
For me, having moved my sites from Amazon EC2 to S3/CloudFront the response time is below 50ms nearly anywhere in the world. That is hard to beat, particularly when the cost is less than 1/10th of what I previously was paying.
All in all it wasn’t that hard and took only an hour a day over the course of a month. All new development I will direct into this format and I don’t really feel like this is much slower to work with than my previous stack. I’m curious though as to how much this has to do with AWS as opposed to other CDNs. Has anyone reading tried edge computing with Akamai / CloudFlare / etc. ?
Anyways, I’m very optimistic and think that this is the way forward. Hell I can even program in Rust through wasm now.