IDG Contributor Network: Serverless computing. What?

There’s a new buzzword in town: serverless computing. To the untrained reader, this can sound like an oxymoron. How can you do computing without a server? I am one of many who think they could have devised a better name. That said, it’s a hot topic among technology professionals and getting a lot of attention. This article will explain in simple terms what serverless computing is, how it works, and the benefits and drawbacks to your organization.

What is serverless computing?

Yes, another new acronym, FaaS, or Function-as-a-Service. The first clarification is that servers are a part of this technology. Second, yes this is a cloud offering vs. on-premises. The reason we use the term serverless, is the cloud vendor provides all of the management and capacity planning functions behind the black curtain. This frees up your internal resources to work on other initiatives.

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