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What Defines Serverless Computing?

Serverless Computing is turning out to be the most discussed topic among startups as well as enterprises. While some believe that this is the next big thing, many consider it as a fad.

PaaS aficionados argue that Serverless Computing is just another term for platform services that existed since 2008. Mobile backend companies claim that they pioneered the trend of going serverless.

Serverless Computing is often associated with another concept called NoOps which downplays the importance of DevOps in application lifecycle management.

As containers and microservices gain ground, Serverless Computing will become more relevant to developers and IT.

Here is an attempt to identify the key attributes of Serverless Computing.

Zero Configuration

Most of the PaaS offerings expect a manifest that explains the resource requirements, dependencies, and other constraints applicable to an application. Serverless Computing doesn’t even need a manifest or additional metadata to describe the runtime requirements. Apart from defining the maximum memory threshold, and adjusting the time window of execution, the environment has nothing to configure. Serverless Computing has the least number of buttons to push, knobs to turn, and sliders to drag.

Rapid Deployment

Serverless Computing dramatically reduces the time to push changes to the production through faster CI/CD cycles. Since developers focus on one function at a time, the build time is reduced to a fraction. This doesn’t mean that the code will bypass the regular checks and tests that are a part of build pipelines. The extensive build process gets broken down into dealing with smaller, sizable chunks of code resulting is rapid deployment.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.