Adding Serverless Computing and fPaaS to Your Cloud-Native Architecture Toolbox

Archived Published: 30 January 2017 ID: G00318340


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Serverless computing uses cloud attributes natively to execute user-defined functions, giving the consumer limited control over the infrastructure. Technical professionals can use this research to determine when and how to apply function PaaS as part of microservice and event-driven architectures.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Use Cases for Function Platform as a Service
      • Summary of Use-Case Assessments
      • Use Case 1: fPaaS for Utility Logic
      • Use Case 2: fPaaS for Scheduled Processing
      • Use Case 3: fPaaS for Event-Driven Architecture
      • Use Case 4: fPaaS for Microservices
      • Use Case 5: fPaaS for Full-Blown Applications
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Guidance
    • Use fPaaS Sparingly to Solve Specific Problems
    • Keep Your Functions Stateless
    • Shift Your Operational Concerns
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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