How to Build Cloud-Native Applications Using Serverless PaaS

Published: 29 October 2018 ID: G00368464


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Building cloud-native serverless applications requires the adoption of new technology, patterns, processes and governance. This guidance outlines the steps technical professionals responsible for application architecture must take to build successful cloud-native applications using serverless PaaS.

Table of Contents

  • Problem Statement
  • The Gartner Approach
  • The Guidance Framework
    • Prework: Assess Business Requirements and Application Suitability
      • Map Your Business Requirements to the Benefits of a Serverless Architecture
      • Follow DevOps Practices
      • Guidance
    • Step 1: Define the Serverless Architecture and Application Requirements
      • Understand the Implications of a Serverless Architecture
      • The Event-Driven Architecture Mindset Shift
      • Guidance
    • Step 2: Select and Implement Tooling to Support a Complete Delivery Life Cycle
      • Development Frameworks
      • Monitoring and Observability Tooling
      • Security
      • Guidance
    • Step 3: Assess and Evolve Your Current Development Processes
      • Automate Application Deployment
      • Development Languages
      • Update Your Approach to Testing
      • Guidance
    • Step 4: Develop and Deploy Services
      • Understand State and Statelessness
      • Evaluate Services Consumed
      • Manage Configuration as Code
      • Logging and Telemetry
      • Orchestration Between Functions
      • Service Discovery, Environment Variables and Secrets Management
      • Deployment Pipelines
      • Separate Business Logic From Platform Specifics
      • Guidance
    • Step 5: Operate and Manage Live Services
      • Changing the Operations Focus
      • Monitoring and Managing fPaaS Costs
      • Monitoring and Managing Other Serverless PaaS Costs
      • Guidance
    • Risks and Pitfalls
    • Costs Spiraling Unexpectedly
    • Lack of Readiness
    • New Security Challenges
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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