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Jun 8, 2023   |  By Nick Littman
Each business (regardless of industry) and every software developer has latency on their radar. Yet, it's typically not at the top of the priority list, and generally, that's just fine. But when it comes to the world of realtime updates, this casual attitude can trip you up. When you're piecing together a system for realtime updates, low latency jumps from being an afterthought to a critical, front and center requirement.
Jun 7, 2023   |  By Andra Dinu
Stay on top of issues and easily forecast usage for Ably-powered realtime applications in your out-of-the-box Datadog dashboards. Cloud-based applications providing live user experiences at scale need to measure their realtime infrastructure’s state and health at all times. Imagine a customer support chat system supporting thousands of businesses or a live sport event delivering updates to millions of fans.
May 31, 2023   |  By Nick Littman
Let's talk about a problem all baseball fans know all too well: you're stuck in traffic or buried under a mountain of work, and there's no way you're going to make it home in time for the game. An average baseball game clocks in around three hours, and sometimes, life doesn't afford you that kind of leisure time. Here, apps promising live game updates become a lifeline for the busy fan. However, that's where we hit a snag.
May 25, 2023   |  By Ably
Failure is the norm. Out of the thousands of consumer products launched each year, 80% fail. For tech start-ups, the situation is marginally more favorable but, even so, only one in ten succeed. The companies that make it all have one thing in common: a focus on product adoption. From launch through to maturity, ensuring that people are signing-up for and using your product is an almost perfect proxy for product-market fit.
May 24, 2023   |  By Stephen Kiss
In this project, we build upon the foundations laid by Building a realtime chat app with Next.js and Vercel to integrate OpenAI's Completion API. This enhancement offers a more engaging user experience and supplies AI-driven chat assistance in a group chat setting. You'll learn how to: Next.js is a React framework from Vercel. It is used to build static web applications with server side rendering, serverless functions and seamless hosting.
May 11, 2023   |  By Ably
According to UBS, ChatGPT was the fastest growing consumer application in history. In just two months it went from launch to 100 million monthly active users. That led to a cultural and technological impact that saw Microsoft invest billions in the product’s parent company. But even if your product doesn’t break records, knowing the number of active users can help you understand its product/market fit, the impact of the changes you make, and how well the product retains user loyalty.
May 10, 2023   |  By Alex Booker
Looking for the perfect chat solution can be a daunting task. You need a provider that not only supports all the necessary chat features but also offers delivery and scaling guarantees to ensure a smooth chat operation as your business grows. While it might be tempting to start with a simple solution and see how your needs evolve, underestimating the importance of finding the right provider can be a costly mistake.
Apr 27, 2023   |  By Srushtika Neelakantam
The past few years—accelerated by the pandemic—have seen people move more of their work and personal lives online. There’s a huge growth in teams working remotely, either on a full or part-time basis. And many companies have embraced the remote-first model - offering remote-first or hybrid positions as standard. However this shift to remote, online-first interaction brings challenges. For remote workers, one of the biggest impacts has been in the way that they work together.
Apr 25, 2023   |  By Ably
With software such as Google Docs and Figma now part of the everyday productivity toolkit for millions of people, multiplayer collaboration features have become mainstream. Thanks, in part, to the boom in distributed teams and remote working, new software is increasingly built from the ground up with realtime collaborative features – and other vendors are looking at how to retrofit multiplayer collaboration to existing products.
Apr 17, 2023   |  By Ably
Engagement can be life or death for software products. How much value an app delivers to users drives investment decisions and sales revenue. And because engagement and value are two sides of the same coin, measuring one can help you understand the other. Across the tech industry, Product Owners use a common set of product and user engagement metrics to show just how much value products deliver.
Nov 22, 2022   |  By Ably
The verified Ably Terraform Provider greatly simplifies the provisioning and managing of realtime architectures that include Ably via Terraform, the most popular Infrastructure-as-Code tool on the market. Ably is part of the software architecture of many high-scale cloud-based applications, enabling services and products to deliver complete realtime functionality directly to their end users.
Nov 14, 2022   |  By Ably
This video explains the high-level architecture required to support bidirectional low-latency messaging for a realtime application. We use a multiplayer quiz example to explore message flow and implementation, but with minor differences, this could equally apply to other features such as chat, Q&A, or reactions. Jump to: This repository contains a base networking framework for building a realtime quiz platform with Ably. This project uses VueJS on the client-side and NodeJS on the server-side and is scalable as you need.
Oct 18, 2022   |  By Ably
A suitable way to update a front-end from back-end processes is to use pubsub over WebSockets. In this video I'll show how to use Ably, a cloud based pubsub service, to visualize the progress of a serverless workflow implemented with Azure Functions and Durable Functions. About Ably Ably is an enterprise-grade pub/sub messaging platform. We make it easy to efficiently design, quickly ship, and seamlessly scale critical realtime functionality delivered directly to end-users. Every day, we deliver billions of realtime messages to millions of users for thousands of companies.
Sep 27, 2022   |  By Ably
The Publish/Subscribe pattern, also known as Pub/Sub, is an architectural design pattern that provides a framework for exchanging messages between publishers and subscribers. The Ably platform makes it very straightforward to implement this pattern and provides guarantees about scalability, reliability, and ordering of messages. Publishers publish messages to a named channel. Subscribers to that channel will then receive those published messages in a totally de-coupled way.
Aug 23, 2022   |  By Ably
This video complements the blog post about Cloud pubsub services compared: Azure Web PubSub & Ably. In the video we highlight the following three major differences between Azure Web PubSub and Ably: Creating the cloud resource Creating a client side connection Presence The blogpost contains the following aspects for the comparison: About Ably
Aug 16, 2022   |  By Ably
In the realms of event streaming, Kafka has become the number one choice for many organizations. It’s capable of handling and processing vast amounts of critical, time-sensitive event data. But Kafka isn’t designed for distributing data between internal systems and consumers on the public internet. Yet rich, live digital experiences are a must-have as far as users are concerned. They are increasingly becoming a key source of differentiation. In this webinar we will show you how you can harness the power of Kafka, to deliver engaging realtime application to users, using Ably.
Aug 4, 2022   |  By Ably
Ably CTO James Aley gives a quick overview of the Ably platform. Find out what Ably offers to software developers and infrastructure teams building and supporting realtime features and products for millions of users, ask your questions, and get answers live. Additional reading mentioned in the session: About Ably
Jul 5, 2022   |  By Ably
This video complements the blog post and demo about Serverless WebSockets with Azure Functions. I'll explain how data is distributed in realtime using WebSockets in a serverless application running in Azure. The context is a multiplayer Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (ADnD) style game that is turn-based with realtime state updates. About Ably
Jun 30, 2022   |  By Ably
Everything you ever wanted to know about WebSockets, the protocol that powers the realtime web and applications. Covering everything from introduction to implementation with source code examples. About Ably Ably is an enterprise-grade pub/sub messaging platform. We make it easy to efficiently design, quickly ship, and seamlessly scale critical realtime functionality delivered directly to end-users. Every day, we deliver billions of realtime messages to millions of users for thousands of companies.
Jun 23, 2022   |  By Ably
In this webinar, Gary Williams, Genius Sports IT Infrastructure Team Lead explains how Genius Sports used Ably to built a high availability realtime data streaming system that delivers the freshest data to power the second screen experience for sports fans all over the world. About Ably Ably is an enterprise-grade pub/sub messaging platform. We make it easy to efficiently design, quickly ship, and seamlessly scale critical realtime functionality delivered directly to end-users. Every day, we deliver billions of realtime messages to millions of users for thousands of companies.
May 7, 2021   |  By Ably
Take a view into the universe of realtime transport APIs in 2019. How do they stack up against realtime expectations? The report looks at ten cities across the globe, scoring and ranking them on ten indicators of maturity. Learn what the pioneers are doing, what those just starting on their Realtime API journeys can do better, and find actionable recommendations for your own Realtime API program.
May 7, 2021   |  By Ably
Online gamers have the most demanding realtime expectations. Mobile gaming now the largest sector of app store purchases, accounting for 42% of a $109 billion marketplace. It's vital that game developers offer a level of mobile performance that delivers an optimum realtime experience for every user. This white paper highlights some of the UX issues that can undermine your company's ability to do this effectively.
Apr 1, 2021   |  By Ably
I watch sports for a living. I couldn't tell you the last time I watched a baseball game from beginning to end. Data is one of the most valuable resources around. But data is no longer something that languishes in a database to be looked at later. Like sports events, data is now live. The sports industry can reap and build on innovations in the realtime data space. But this is no long a nice-to-have. Driven by changing fan behaviour this is now a commercial imperative.
Apr 1, 2021   |  By Ably
Sports and gaming app users demand an uninterrupted, true realtime experience. Almost 90% of US adults now use a mobile device while watching sports. In competitive arenas with similar offerings, like betting or sports, then you absolutely cannot afford to deliver poor mobile experiences. Customer experience is the new competitive battleground and realtime mobile experiences are an essential part of that.

Ably is a pub/sub messaging platform with a suite of integrated services to deliver complete realtime functionality directly to end-users. Every day we guarantee low latency delivery of billions of messages to more than 50 million devices over a secure, reliable, and highly available global edge network.

Build, deliver and scale any realtime application without managing global infrastructure.

  • Build your realtime applications with our simple yet powerful SDKs and APIs for cross-platform, multi-protocol pub/sub messaging with device presence and stream history.
  • Deliver to your end-users no matter where they are with ordering and delivery guarantees over our global edge network.
  • Scale with confidence from day one with our fault tolerant, high-elastic infrastructure and 99.999% uptime SLAs.
  • Extend your realtime capabilities beyond simple pub/sub with our additional features and rich library of third-party integrations for services like AWS Kinesis.

Build realtime features you can trust to deliver at scale.