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Emerging Technology Analysis: Serverless Computing and Function Platform as a Service

Published: 15 September 2016

ID: G00314384

Analyst(s): Craig Lowery


Serverless computing solutions execute logic in environments with no visible VM or OS. Services such as Amazon Web Services Lambda are disrupting many cloud development and operational patterns. Technology and service provider product managers must prepare for the change.

Table Of Contents


  • Technology Description
    • No Server Visibility
    • Small-Size Payloads
    • Ad Hoc Payload Format
    • Event-Triggered Invocation
    • Short Life Spans
    • Cost-Efficient
    • Variable Performance
    • Limited Polyglot Support
    • Cloud Provider Lock-In
    • Inefficient Code Sharing
  • Technology Adoption
    • Factors That Will Drive Adoption
    • Factors That Will Inhibit Adoption
  • Technology Impact
    • Actions for the Next Six to 18 Months
  • References

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