Cloud computing is going serverless!
Evolution, evolution, evolution! That’s the most intense experience we are living today in the IT world, and it seems that it’s not even close to ending. Each day we see new and more complex solutions, and technologies that have a clear purpose – To make our lives easier.
If we could make a list with the seven wonders of the virtual world, Cloud Computing would be The Great Pyramid of Giza. The worldwide public cloud services market is expected to reach $204 billion in 2016 from $175 billion back in 2015, according to Gartner. Moreover, a recent survey conducted by RightScale, reveals that 95% of the respondents are using the cloud. This is genuine progress.
One of the challenges developers are struggling with, in the cloud, is infrastructure. They’re doing 90% maintenance and 10% development, which, if you ask me, should be exactly the opposite. Of course, this challenge cannot represent an issue as it has a solution, and that is Serverless Computing.
Serverless architecture melts away any concerns regarding the management of virtual servers, operating systems, load balancers, and the software used to run application code. Developers can focus on core tasks, instead of consuming time with maintenance.
Companies like Amazon and their AWS Lambda solution has been available for 2 years now and lets you run code without worrying about provisioning and managing servers. You also pay only when your code is running and consumption used and is compatible with AWS services you can call from your web or mobile app.
If you are wondering why serverless architecture is gaining so much popularity, here are three key reasons:
- Moving towards hybrid or multi-cloud requires more detailed control over how the resources are being allocated
- The availability of more API-based platforms makes it easier for enterprises to program to serverless computing and increases stickiness
- The increasing adoption of Platform-as-a-Service makes it simpler and more cost-effective to manage and control application development resources as OPEX, rather than CAPEX
Let’s take a look at the benefits of serverless architecture:
- Infinite scalability with lower operation costs
The serverless architecture allows services to function only if necessary and pay for them only if the services are executed. Moreover, elasticity configuration is much more efficient in this new architecture pattern.
- Reduce time to market with a faster deployment and development
The serverless architecture uses existing or third party services, reducing custom code and allowing each function to be developed and deployed independently. Also, when adopting a serverless architecture, the platforms take care of all operations, minimizing the workload that developers usually have.
Bottom line, serverless architecture doesn’t eliminate servers. We simply don’t have to think about or maintain them. Is that simple! Care to share your comments below?
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