What Is Serverless?

Understanding the Latest Advances in Cloud and Service-Based Architecture

What Is Serverless?

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Although the cloud has revolutionized the way we manage applications, many companies still view their systems in terms of servers—even though they no longer work with physical servers. What if you take the concept of servers out of the equation and begin to think of cloud-based applications as workflow, distributed logic, and externally managed data stores? This report examines the new Serverless approach to operations, including its considerable benefits and notable limitations.

Authors Mike Roberts and John Chapin, co-founders of the Symphonia Serverless and cloud technology consultancy, take you through the Serverless landscape—particularly the design considerations, tooling, and approaches to operational management you need to make it work. Is Serverless the right choice for you and your team? Dive into this report and find out.

  • Learn two major aspects of Serverless: Backend-as-a-Service and Functions-as-a-Service
  • Compare Serverless application architecture with legacy non-server architecture
  • Explore Serverless architecture’s five major benefits
  • Understand Serverless limitations, including the drawbacks of working with the cloud
  • Learn which vendor technologies are definitely, mostly, somewhat, and not-quite Serverless
  • Take a peek into the future of Serverless

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John Chapin

John Chapin is a cofounder of Symphonia, a serverless and cloud technology consultancy based in New York City. John has over 15 years of experience in technology leadership and implementation. Previously, he was vice president of engineering at Intent Media. John can be reached at john@symphonia.io.

Mike Roberts

Based in in New York City, Mike Roberts is an engineering leader and cofounder of Symphonia, a serverless and cloud technology consultancy. Mike is a long-time proponent of Agile and DevOps values and is excited by the role that cloud technologies have played in enabling such values for many high-functioning software teams. He sees serverless as the next technological evolution of cloud systems and as such is optimistic about their ability to help teams be awesome. Mike can be reached at mike@symphonia.io.