The LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) model has established itself as a giant platform for websites, web applications and other IT infrastructures for some years now.

However, its dominance has recently come under threat from the new cloud. This has reached a point where engineers are questioning whether the LAMP stack is less popular.


The shift from the LAMP stack to Cloud


After so many years of using the LAMP stack, companies are now moving their servers to cloud computing platforms. This is in a bid to harness the increased flexibility and functionality that it offers, better customisation and easy integration that technologies like JavaScript libraries provide.

These new software stacks also give users extremely efficient API-driven data exchange and other dynamic software solutions like SaaS, Paas, and laaS in building apps.

Even so, cloud computing has not been embraced fully. The technology has seen sensitive industries being exposed to more security risks; some of which have never been experienced before. This has made some industries like healthcare, and finance more reluctant to make the shift to cloud computing.


Is the LAMP stack less popular?   


While it may be extremely bold to state categorically that the LAMP stack is going away, it is with no doubt that the migration to cloud computing is gaining a lot of momentum.

And GECS companies like Amazon ECS, Nginx, Slack, and GitHub are leading the way in taking advantage of the modular software-based ecosystems.


What has caused this shift?


There have been drivers that have played a central role in the shift from the traditional software stack to cloud computing. Here are some of the critical drivers of the shift.

Continuous deployment

This feature allows companies to give their clients new features quickly and to adjust their website traffic automatically.

Continuous deployment is way easier through cloud computing than through the LAMP design. The autonomous microservices in the cloud allows companies to deploy without any dependencies continuously. Consequently, one failure cannot result in a related crash.

Easy integration 

The integration allows companies to manage their processes from a central location. APIs and modular services in cloud computing allow easier integration of tools. It also allows the integrated tools to work seamlessly.

Real-time communication

Every company wants to stay connected with all staff members all the time. Cloud has features that support real-time communication that allows sharing of updates and other essential information among its staff. 

The LAMP stack, on the other hand, is lagging when it comes to real-time communication and collaboration making cloud a preferred option by most companies.

Flexible and easy to customise

Cloud services are more flexible and more accessible to tweak compared to LAMP-driven technologies. Companies can tweak the cloud platform to suit different needs. They can equally match different components and easily swap one element for another.

Affordable scalability

Cloud services have more affordable scalability than LAMP technologies. For instance, companies that require increased space do not have to set up new hardware. Instead, they can purchase additional space in cloud-based on their demand.

Companies like Netflix, Comcast, and Upwork that deal with customer service and big data processing find modular components that are cloud-based to be very critical especially during high demand.

Creation of a new foundation

Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services are coming up with new foundations that do not require bug fixes and updates which are a requirement for the LAMP stack.


So what platforms are ousting the LAMP model?


The tech companies that have been at the forefront of shifting from LAMP module have been dubbed as GECS companies for their use of GitHub, Amazon EC2, and Slack.

The companies are mainly using the platforms below:

  • JavaScript- JavaScript is a major piece of cloud-based technologies. It is the stack changer for the front-end and back-end.
  • Ruby and Python- Dominant back-end staking tools
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)- This cloud-based suite is becoming a standard for most organisations offering different tools like developer tools, IoT support, databases as well as networking.
  • Computing platforms-Amazon EC2, and Microsoft Azure
  • Databases-PostgreSQL, Couchbase, MySQL, and MongoDB database architecture

Cloud computing and the new software stacks have increased in popularity among businesses. Every company has to make decisions in selecting their ideal service model to meet their specific needs.


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