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A Guide on Azure Serverless Computing: Basic Starter Pack

June 15, 2022

Prabhu Perumal Renita Joan

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Have you ever wondered how much effort an organization takes to maintain its servers – The number of maintenance services to keep it running, the massive amount of money spent on allocating space, and the human effort?

Source: IBM

The estimated on-premises configuration cost is likely to be less when a serverless computing system is implemented. The above source also proves that companies are likely to focus more on serverless computing in the future for its benefits of saving the company’s budget spent on the on-premise cloud, time, and effort.

Also, having a serverless cloud computing service can help the workforce to reduce the time spent in maintaining the overall business operations. These significant benefits will result in the growth of the Serverless Computing Market at a CAGR of 23.17% over the next 5 years (2021-2026).

In this blog, we will be looking at the serverless computing concept, and its pros and cons.

What is Serverless Computing?

Serverless computing is a cloud-hosted execution environment that allows customers to run their applications. The underlying infrastructure is completely abstracted and managed by cloud providers. As a result, customers can use out-of-the-box services provided by cloud providers, deploy the application, and make it production-ready in just a few clicks.

Pros
Business perspective:
  1. Consumption-based billing
  2. Reduced operational cost
Developer perspective:
  1. Zero system administration
  2. Faster setup
  3. Ability to spinoff multiple environments on-demand for tests
Cons
Business perspective:
  1. Reduced overall control
  2. Vendor lock-in
Developer perspective:
  1. Lack of operational tools
  2. Testing locally becomes tricky in the case of large infrastructure

Serverless computing is picking up steam as Cloud providers develop new ways to address some of its shortcomings. Azure serverless solutions try to address these setbacks and offer a fully managed solution that results in increased productivity. Azure has developed serverless services for all three tiers: compute, integration, and data stores.

The following are some of the serverless computing services offered by Azure

  • Azure Functions
  • Logic Apps
  • Event Grid

To know more about serverless computing and the services Azure offer, follow our series on the Guide to Azure serverless computing options and also get an in-depth understanding from our cloud experts here!

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