Serverless Web Applications

Traditional web applications assume that the server is an essential part of the system. While sometimes fronted by a load balancer and/or dedicated web server, the application server does most of the heavy lifting. It performs all the essential functions of the app, including storing the user’s data, issuing security credentials, and controlling navigation. The web portion of the web app is often just there to provide an interface to the back end, although some of the responsibility for controlling navigation rests there too. Many people call this traditional approach an n-tier architecture, where the browser, the application server, and one or more back-end services make up the tiers in the system.

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