Serverless architecture provides companies with a way to manage services and applications without needing to handle server infrastructure. Contrary to popular belief, serverless architecture does not mean there are absolutely no servers. Instead, serverless architecture means that you are no longer responsible for managing the infrastructure. Rather, the responsibility of managing the infrastructure falls on the providers of the cloud. Serverless options allow companies to focus more on achieving their business goals and product development.
About Hosted Services
Since the beginning of computing, software systems have come a long way. Due to the development of personal computers and networking technologies, computing work has been separated between the centralized servers and the clients. The centralized servers are responsible for doing heavy work while the clients are focused on the presentation of the results of the computing work.
The advent of the web only served to amplify the division of labor even more. In fact, the server ended up becoming a computer that is responsible for serving information to the Internet.
Over time, computers became increasingly powerful. It also became more and more likely that tasks for servers would not demand a dedicated computer. This led to virtualization.
What Is Virtualization?
Virtualization refers to the use of software to share the resources of a computer among different operating systems. Essentially, virtualization refers to multiple servers in one. The concept of a server changed from hardware to software.
About Serverless Options
Today, serverless options encompass applications or APIs that rely on micro services heavily. The code is hosted on FaaS platforms. Some examples of FaaS platforms include Google Cloud Functions, AWS Lambda, and Microsoft Azure Functions. AWS Lambda refers to an Amazon serverless computing platform. It is one of the earliest offerings for FaaS. Lambda permits users to compose functions in just about any language. The functions can be invoked from other AWS services.
Serverless apps for the Internet can be made using API Gateway for the handling of web requests, Aurora for the database, and Lambda functions for business logic. This configuration makes it possible for you to pay only for the computing time and storage that you use. Multiple applications can use the services because the functions are directly accessible and independent.
Advantages of Serverless Architecture
There are many advantages of serverless computing. Serverless applications offer many advantages for the workflow and application development.
- Lower costs
One of the main advantages of serverless architecture is lower costs. With serverless, you are only responsible for paying for the services and storage that you actually use. You will not have to pay anything when your services are not being used and there will be no hardware costs. Reduced cost is one of the main benefits of going serverless. If the services aren’t being used 24/7, the pay-as-you-go model will allow you to utilize resources optimally.
- Fewer things to worry about
Another advantage is that you will have fewer things to worry about. You won’t have to think about whether your architecture is up-to-date in terms of security. The reason for this is that a third-party service provider will be responsible for managing your servers. Accordingly, the third-party service provider will be the most concerned with keeping up with bug fixes and patches.
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