I work in AWS’s Serverless group, and in the process of pulling together my presentation at re:Invent, discovered that I have a lot of opinions on the subject and, while they may well be wrong, are at least well-informed. You can watch that YouTube, but who’s got an hour to spare? And anyhow, blogging’s really my favorite medium, so here we go. If I tried to glom them all together into one mega-essay it’d be brutally long, so let’s go short-form.

The Serverless Fragments · “Serverless Fragment” has five syllables and ongoing doesn’t have that much room at the top of the page for the title, so let’s say “SF”.

  1. SF 1: What is serverless? Tl;dr: It’s when you don’t have to reserve capacity before you start. But it’s not a binary condition.

  2. SF 2: Why serverless? Tl;dr: Frugality, Security, Elasticity. That part’s a no-brainer, but will you also get better software?

  3. SF 3: Serverless everything? Tl;dr: Nope, serverless where possible. To start with, think about control planes and data planes.

  4. SF 4: Serverless latency? Tl;dr: It’s complicated. And, there are things to do about it.

  5. SF 5: Serverless bills? Tl;dr: Not always lower. But it depends how you count it.



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From: John Cowan (Dec 14 2018, at 08:59)

"I'm certain. I may be wrong, but I'm not uncertain." --Heinlein, Glory Road

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From: len (Dec 17 2018, at 03:14)

Things change. Received wisdom becomes the foolish muttering of old men made obsolete and then scorned. True of science, art and politics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW0-K-mx4eI

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From: Marek (Dec 17 2018, at 12:04)

Serverless is when there is no server - only clients and P2p connections. Stop Amazon propaganda :))

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