Philly ETE 2019 – Linda Nichols – Serverless Architecture: A Love Story

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Serverless applications are the future of lightweight, scalable, and performant application development. Developers are breaking apart their monolith applications into smaller, purpose-focused microservices. They are quickly and purposefully prototyping application ideas. Moving to a “Serverless” environment really means to migrating a fully-hosted environment to using a fully-managed compute or persistence service from one of the big cloud platform providers. One of these services is likely a FaaS (Functions as a Service) offering that can be triggered by HTTP, webhooks, IoT, queues, and other service events that are internal and external to the platform. This event-driven ecosystem means that “serverless” functions also have easy access to any services offered by the cloud platform on which they are deployed.

In this talk, we’ll be discussing the all of the parts of the Serverless Love Story: break-up, decoupling, high availability, commitment, communication skills, and dedication. We’ll also explore which cloud platform might be your perfect match.

Want to go “serverless,” but don’t don’t to commit to one platform or service? We’ll also discuss how it’s possible to stay more flexible and get all of the benefits of a fully-managed application. Just as data can be migrated between services, developers should be able to write microservices once and deploy them similarly on several platforms.

About Linda Nichols

Linda is a Technical Solutions Professional at Microsoft. In addition to creating software solutions and leading software teams, she has a passion for community involvement and education. She is a co-founder of Norfolk.js, NodeBots Norfolk, and RevolutionConf. She also teaches a variety of local robotics workshops and coding classes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Old Dominion University and a Masters in Information Technology from Virginia Tech. She enjoys bad karaoke, good sushi, and all varieties of cats.