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Monday, April 30 • 10:20 - 11:05
Introduction to Serverless (Mike Roberts)

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Serverless - the new fad that will take over the world! No more servers, no more code, no more engineers, no more operations!
But is Serverless this powerful, really? No, it's not, but it does improve on several key points in software delivery: reduce our infrastructure costs and commitments to just that which we need; outsource development and operations work that isn't unique to our business; and accelerate the lead time of conception of an idea to its deployment in production. This last point, especially, is a wonderful complement to an agile and DevOps delivery approach.
Serverless architectures are those that incorporate third-party backend-as-a-service (BaaS) products into the application, or that use functions-as-a-service (FaaS) platforms, like AWS Lambda, to run server-side code in a fully managed, event-driven, environment. By using these ideas such architectures remove much of the need for the traditional “always on” server system.
In this session Mike Roberts gives an introduction to Serverless techniques, together with examples of the types of application where it is well suited. He proceeds to give cautiously optimistic detail of the benefits, and limitations, of such an approach, concluding with how he expects Serverless to develop over the coming months and years.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn what Serverless is, what its benefits are, where it is useful, along with limitations to be aware of.



Monday April 30, 2018 10:20 - 11:05 CDT
Lone Star B/C