Spreading the Word on Serverless

When I first encountered the buzzword “Serverless” a few years back it irked me in a visceral way. I couldn’t comprehend how the configuration of Lambdas behind an API Gateway did not constitute the creation of a server, at least at a logical level.

After months of reading I finally realized that “Serverless” wasn’t intended to mean there is nothing in your system that looks, or smells, or tastes like a server, it means that you don’t care about the servers. Frankly, these setups probably have exponentially more servers involved than a traditional server setup, but none of them are YOUR servers. You can imagine in your mind palace that they do not exist at all and your system will likely not suffer as a result.

That said, I still stand by the buzzword being ridiculous.


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