Did you know that PepsiCo, Pinterest, Moz and Lonely Planet all use the Elixir programming language? What's more, they all use it for slightly different parts of their system to achieve business-critical results.
The unique properties of the BEAM Virtual Machine give it significant performance advantages. For those interested in finding out more about how it does this, our recent blog about Erlang is a fantastic resource. View it here
A quick checklist of shared benefits from the BEAM VM includes:
Scalability - Services that are being used by millions of users need to be reliable and scalable. When dealing with high volumes of traffic, even a short amount of downtime can have a large, negative financial impact. Services on the BEAM are reliable, even when handling large amounts of traffic, with some in-production examples managing 99.999% uptime over a five year period.
Concurrency - Even if you don't have millions of users, if your users make intense use of the system, generating a high volume of requests, you will still need a system built for concurrency, another strength of the BEAM VM.
Maintainable - Erlang and Elixir commonly allows developers to simplify and reduce their lines of code. As a result, development is faster for everything from fixing bugs to adding new features.
Manuel Rubio, Senior Developer at Erlang Solutions, says:
"More and more big companies are turning to Elixir; they rely on it for important services that are in high use. The concurrency and scalability model allows them to trust their business-critical systems will perform, even in high use periods. The supportive and growing community of developers makes it easy for them to find talent to ensure the success of their projects."
In our latest blog, Manuel looks at how top companies are using Elixir for event handling, microservices, proxy requests, data distribution and eCommerce. In this, he covers why Elixir was chosen and some of the major successes achieved by these companies.
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