Introducing the new serverless paradigm

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Article from Issue 209/2018

Serverless computing takes cloud abstraction to a whole new level. Find out why more developers are turning to this exciting new programming paradigm.

Serverless is the next stage in the evolution of IT infrastructure. Serverless computing is a deployment model where functions or applications are uploaded to a platform and then executed, scaled, and billed in response to the demand needed for the moment. Users run their applications without spending resources on the complexity that comes with servers – provisioning, management, scaling, and more.

"The main drive behind this continuous evolution is to make it easier for a developer to focus on adding business value with their applications, without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure," says Peter Chadwick, director of product management for cloud and systems management at SUSE.

Serverless computing provides two different kinds of functionalities: Backend as a Service (BaaS) and Functions as a Service (FaaS). BaaS replaces the subset of custom server-side functions of an application with API-based, third-party services. A good example of BaaS is Google's Firebase. Firebase offers functionalities like analytics, databases, messaging, and crash reporting that can be plugged into an app through an API. Google runs and manages these services. A mobile developer doesn't have to worry about maintaining a "server." Google manages all of it, and you just pay when the application runs.


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