Primer on Serverless Computing and NoOps.

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Efficiency is the most important trait for an enterprise. And every one of them makes sure that it increases tomorrow. The new advances in technology for automating processes make sure that it happens every day. So if you know today that a big block of your IT staff that is used in maintaining servers can now be given a new task schedule today, wouldn’t you just be grateful?

Most companies today use a bigger percentage of their money as well as labour in maintaining servers. These include tasks like patching, backing up, managing data, and handling other imperative and time-killing tasks. Serverless Computing is a reformative step to reassign that labour in more crucial developments. It is based on the idea of automating the maintenance responsibilities that are being done manually.

It might seem by the name that you don’t need servers anymore, but it’s not like that. It means that the processes of maintenance are now automated and being carried out in the cloud, hence, obliterating the need for manual touch. This automation also removes the cost of idle server time, thus, making it budget efficient in the long run.

So with the affixation of Serverless Computing in your company, you don’t have to pay for the whole block (month or year) to the third-party provider but only the time that your code is being executed in the traditional SaaS environment which results in heapy savings.

 Here are some more reasons that would make you want to go serverless:

  • Faster Deployment

The implementation time for a serverless application is reduced enormously as compared to their “server-full” counterparts. Having one less thing to worry about i.e. maintaining the infrastructure, you can now focus on the betterment of newer versions and deploy faster than usual.

  • On-Demand Assignment

The assignments run on the basis of demand in a serverless environment which prevents unnecessary operations and promises swift job functions.

  • Flexible Scalability

Since you’ve cut the idle server payout, you’re rewarded with flexibility in when you need to scale based on growth and demand. Going serverless cuts significant costs in scaling infrastructure.

  • Enhanced Innovation

Serverless methods allow you to develop new applications and meet demand-supply needs quickly and provide hinges when things go south.

People often see NoOps and Serverless Computing as one, but it’s not the case. Albeit, both of them are based on automating the ongoing maintenance and free up a part of your IT staff and make them do what they find most thrilling- develop. But, NoOps covers management, networking and security operations, whereas, Serverless refers to cloud-based options for server administration. So, they can go hand-in-hand.

Both of these environments can make your resources used efficiently, but they might not be a perfect match for every application ever. So here are some points that you should consider before transitioning:

– Every company might not be ready to adopt with a Serverless NoOps environment due to the cultural and mental shift required for it. Moving to this model will require reassigning IT roles and restructuring processes. It has been seen that generally, the companies with strong digital foundation acquire these environments quickly. These include customer-facing apps, microservices and web applications.

– Your company will benefit the most if you use a private cloud environment for automation. Also, using a partially serverless environment ensures that an enterprise-wide deployment goes swiftly that way.

Some cons of going serverless is an increased cyber-security risk due to cloud computing if handled carelessly. Other potential drawbacks include vendor lock-in and third-party dependency, inefficiency on long tasks, and more complicated debugging procedures.

Serverless Computing holds a great amount of potential in itself. More of its advantages and usages will be unravelled in the future and we’ll see its broader applications.

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