As any business owner knows, keeping pace with the rapidly-evolving technology landscape is key to long-term success. You need to be ready to take advantage of new tech that could help improve business efficiency as soon as it’s available, because you can bet that your competitors will be.
As such, you’ve probably already heard about ‘cloud computing’. It’s a buzzword that has swept through the business and IT world over the last decade, and pretty much everyone already has or plans to switch their business IT infrastructure over to the cloud.
But now, there’s something new that you need to take note of – Serverless computing. Here’s what you need to know about this game changing technology and why you should be taking advantage of it.
Serverless Computing vs Cloud Computing
The term Serverless computing is a bit misleading, because it’s not really ‘serverless’ at all. Serverless computing is powered by servers just like anything else. The reason the name works, though, is because as far as your IT guys are concerned, it might as well be.
You see, with Serverless computing, all the day-to-day server management operations, setup, planning, and everything else is handled by the cloud provider, so you don’t need to worry about it.
This is different than how things usually work in traditional cloud computing, in which you typically need to manually allocate resources from your provider in advance based on how much demand you think there will be.
With that in mind, here are 3 reasons to switch over from traditional cloud computing to Serverless computing.
1. No Server Maintenance Requirements
Usually, developers are required to do a lot of work setting up servers for new websites and apps. This whole process can take a lot of time; time that could be better spent on other IT tasks.
Not only that, but a little human error here can lead to drastic consequences for your business, like server downtime that completely shuts down your online sales channels and directly impacts your bottom line.
When you switch over to Serverless, none of that is on your IT team’s shoulders. That responsibility is passed over to your provider, freeing up time for your developers and admins.
2. On-Demand, Scalable Resources
Another reason to switch over is that Serverless computing is a lot more scalable. In Serverless computing, resources (memory, bandwidth, etc) are delivered in real-time based on the demand at that exact time.
The serverless architecture makes sure you have exactly the resources you need when you need them. If a thousand visitors flood your application at once, it will immediately scale up the bandwidth to account for that, then drop it back down again once demand goes down.
3. It’s More Precise
Without Serverless computing, you typically need to schedule resources based on your best estimates of what you’ll need. So for example, you might add 4GB for peak usage times, when really, you only needed 3.5 GB.
Serverless computing is absolutely precise. It delivers exactly what you need and not a fraction more. This saves you a lot of money, as you pay based on usage. What’s the point in paying for resources you don’t need or use? With Serverless computing, you never will.