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June 2017, Vol. 6, No. 6

Serverless architectures offer more than a catchy buzzword

Serverless computing has become a popular yet confusing topic in the IT industry. The first time I heard the phrase serverless computing, I laughed it off as another meaningless buzzword. As an IT operations engineer, the phrase seemed baffling -- perhaps even misleading -- because it still relies on servers, right? I laughed, thinking, "Try running an application without infrastructure," before the flaw in my logic smacked me in the head. I was thinking of serverless computing with an operations bias. Having spent decades in IT operations, it's no surprise that I was completely ignoring the developer's point of view. To developers, serverless architectures are a game changer. It's is more than a buzzword. It may be a terribly stupid name, but that doesn't matter. Serverless computing is the platform as a service (PaaS) that developers have always dreamed about. As with most new trends, especially in software, we don't have a clear and consistent definition of what serverless actually is. The industry is abuzz with talk of ...

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