Serverless Computing—The Latest “as a Service” Offering
by April 3, 2017

Filed under: Cloud Computing, Performance Monitoring

We’d all like to fulfill that “find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” cliché. But in reality, every job (even if it’s our dream job) comes with its downsides.

For you, the constant fight against shadow IT might get on your last nerves. For your developer coworkers, infrastructure management is the roadblock that stands in the way of focusing on coding.

As you watch more and more applications and processes move to the cloud, technology is coming to developers’ rescue—most recently, in the form of serverless computing.

What Is Serverless Computing?

We recently talked about how containers are making life easier for application developers. However, serverless computing (also known as Function as a Service) is poised to take development simplification to another level.

Typically when developers are tasked with moving an application to the cloud via an Infrastructure as a Service provider, there’s much more to do than just write code. Once the application code is ready, developers run tests on a local computer, provision an IaaS server and (continuously) ensure it is properly patched. They plan for ongoing operation from financial and cloud contract perspectives.

These additional hardware and maintenance concerns cut into valuable developer resources that could be spent migrating more apps to the cloud for greater business efficiency. Serverless computing promises to remove these processes.

Serverless computing solutions don’t make developers allocate virtual machines in the cloud. Instead, developers simply upload functions to their IaaS provider, who then deploys, operates, and scales those functions as a service. This way, developers spend less time worrying about hardware management and more time working on event-driven programming.

While this is great for your developers, you might be wondering—how does this affect my own job?

How Serverless Computing Impacts IT Managers

If developers can eliminate the need for hardware maintenance through serverless computing and business leaders can enjoy widespread cost savings at the same time, where does your IT department fit into the picture?

Just because serverless computing promises that developers won’t have to worry about hardware maintenance doesn’t mean FaaS is entirely hands-off. When your business uses a FaaS solution like AWS Lambda, you give up any ownership of the operational details that you would manage with a standard IaaS approach.

This is why it’s so important for you to become a cloud broker for your business. You know that “hands-off” cloud computing doesn’t mean all will run smoothly and users will be happy. Leaving your business application performance entirely in the hands of a public cloud provider means you’re just one misstep in the SLA away from a costly disruption.

When you’re trusted as the internal cloud broker, you can stress the need to safeguard serverless computing solutions by implementing a continuous monitoring solution. This way, developers can offload hardware maintenance, business leaders still see widespread cost savings, and you can keep an eye on the growing volume of cloud applications that support your business.

It all comes down to becoming an expert in all things cloud brokerage—learning the necessary financial and business skills to be part of a relevant, modern IT department. If you want to learn how to reach this goal, check out our on-demand webinar, How to Become a Cloud Broker.