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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