The basics of serverless computing

By Samantha Cordell | December 24, 2018


Serverless computing is one way to reduce management burdens brought about by the need to configure several servers. But before you adopt this technology, it’s important that you first understand its basic principles as well as how you can leverage it to improve your day-to-day operations and, ultimately, your bottom line.

What is "serverless" computing?

Serverless computing is a bit of a misnomer since this model still uses servers, or computers that process requests and deliver data over a network. Outsourcing workloads to the cloud requires just as much hardware as if the computations were performed in an on-site server. The only difference is the location of the server.

In serverless computing, servers are maintained in the cloud. Office 365 and Google Docs are great examples of this model. Thousands of servers are set up to run these apps so that they can always handle millions of users at any given moment. Microsoft and Google need to manage and maintain these servers round-the-clock to keep up with demand — always on and always ready to handle more workloads, even during off-peak hours.

Serverless computing enables developers to create apps and websites that use cloud resources only when they’re needed. So if you were to create a web app, you wouldn’t need to pay for a dedicated cloud server. The cloud provider would host your app’s programming code and run it only when a user requested it, and allocate the appropriate resources and charge by the second for what is used.

What are its benefits?

Serverless computing is perfect for those who use cloud resources for processing power. It isn’t for those who use the cloud just to store files. But if you use the cloud to process information and turn it into something more useful, serverless computing will be a great help.

Take for example Amazon’s Alexa. Every command Alexa responds to is nothing more than an app that sits dormant until a user tells the AI assistant to run it. Small businesses are taking advantage of this by developing apps in Amazon’s cloud that Alexa can process without the burden of setting up a dedicated server.

Serverless computing isn’t about getting rid of servers; it’s about using their raw computing power without having to fine tune them first. It’s categorized as a virtualization technology and offers countless opportunities for SMBs working with limited budgets.

DCloud Voice and DCloud Compute

We at Diamond IT have our own cloud solution called DCloud, with voice and compute offerings. We've found a huge amount of interest from our customers, and where infrastructure has allowed the transition Cloud has been the best solution for many of them.

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About Samantha Cordell
Samantha Cordell

Group Marketing Manager @ Diamond IT - Samantha (Sam) fell into the IT Industry after studying a combination of computer science and marketing at Uni, starting in Operations with the now decentralised Cabletron Systems. Over the next 20 years Sam undertook various marketing roles within Intel, Microsoft and Cisco Systems before moving to Newcastle for a sea-change working for Wine Selectors. “Not able to stay away from the IT Industry I jumped at the chance to join the Diamond team. I am excited to drive the marketing strategy for Diamond’s range of services including Managed Services, Software Development and Telecommunications.”