What is Serverless? The “2020” edition

Paul Johnston
Oct 23, 2019 · 9 min read

I’ve spent most of this year avoiding talking about serverless as can be seen from previous blog posts such as Serverless is Doctrine, not a Technology and Cloud 2.0 is no longer King — Serverless has dethroned it. Discussions on various networks have tended to descend into discussions around the compute aspects of FaaS.

Not only that, but I’ve tried to stay out of discussions, because it feels like too many big companies and marketing budgets are trying to “own” the word, to ensure that their technology is part of the movement. The word “serverless” has…