Servers are Dead. Why Serverless and Containers Will Take Over Cloud Development.

  • Serverless
  • Containers
About 2 min

# Servers are Dead. Why Serverless and Containers Will Take Over Cloud Development.

Over the past years, Serverless and Containers completely changed the cloud development landscape. We're now entering the mass market adoption phase for both of these technologies. If you're still running your infrastructure on individual servers or on bare metal servers (unless you're at the scale of Google or Facebook) today, you should consider the migration towards using Serverless or Containers for the following reasons.

# Entering Mass Adoption

Both technologies have some sophisticated tooling. Serverless has Serverless Framework and Apex with some mature community. For containers, the tools like Kubernetes, Mesos, and similar are production-ready, and battle-tested, with some big company names using it. Here is the Google Trends graph for Kubernetes for the last 5 years.

Kubernetes trends for the last 5 years

# Better Resource Utilization

One of the big disadvantages of permanent servers is that you pay for them regardless of the workload (or even if there is no workload at all). Serverless and Containers are elastic. With your infrastructure running on either Serverless or Containers you're able to automatically ramp up the capacity as you need it. Kubernetes has the ability to distribute the load down to a fraction of a CPU and with Serverless you don't pay if you don't have any traffic at all. This allows for a more cost-efficient infrastructure.

# Lower Administrative Overhead = More Features

Every server needs some maintenance, provisioning, monitoring, and someone on your team needs to be responsible for it. With Serverless and Containers automating away and sometimes eliminating the management overhead altogether, you have more resources to put towards feature development. Despite lowering your overhead, it doesn't take away the DevOps role completely. Someone still needs to be responsible for the development and maintenance of the infrastructure. In some teams, this responsibility partially falls on the developers. In larger organizations, there are dedicated DevOps teams.

# IAC by Design

One of the amazing advantages of Serverless or Containers technology is that it forces you to manage your Infrastructure as Code (IAC). By writing your configuration in code, you have automatic versioning of your infrastructure using a version control system like Git. In addition to it, you get the consistency across your environments using tools like Ansible, Serverless Framework, Terraform, Chef, Puppet, etc.

# Conclusion

Serverless and Containers are taking over cloud development at a rapid pace. We're entering the mass adoption phase for these technologies. The tools are there, lots of companies are using it. It allows you to lower your infrastructure overhead and move faster on features in addition to lowering your cloud bill using better resource utilization. Commandeer allows you to manage your Serverless or Container infrastructure effortlessly from a desktop GUI. Go ahead and give it a shot.

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Last update: September 2, 2020 04:57