Say Goodbye to the Server
August 30, 2021
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Going serverless gives the ability to rapidly build secure, scalable and cost-effective apps robust enough to work in dynamic environments

At Polymath Labs, we’re big fans of serverless and microservices architecture. It makes our tech better and our customer’s lives easier. Going serverless gives us the ability to rapidly build secure, scalable and cost-effective apps robust enough to work in dynamic environments, plus nimble enough to flex when needed – without drama.

What is serverless architecture?

You’ve probably heard people (like us) talking about ‘serverless architecture’ – but what does that mean exactly? Sure, the name is a little confusing. There is still a server, but the responsibilities for running it rests with the cloud service provider. It’s a computing model that saves you from having to maintain, monitor, and fix any issues with the infrastructure, allowing you to focus on more important aspects of running your business. It can also be a cheaper option than traditional architecture because you’re only charged for what you use, when you’re using it.

Should I go serverless?

Serverless architecture is popular for a reason. It offers some amazing technological benefits, often at a lower cost. Greater flexibility, scalability, and value for money make serverless architecture hugely appealing for developers. As long as you know what you’re doing, it’s not only a safe choice – but a smart one as well. Here are a few reasons we’re saying goodbye to the server:

Serverless saves you money.

Money talks; smart people listen. Going serverless is a great way of cutting unnecessary costs. It saves you having to build a server yourself, you’ll be outsourcing the pricey task of maintaining those servers, and most importantly, you’ll only pay for what you use. Rather than being charged for bandwidth, you’re charged according to the number of executions. When you’re busy, you pay more – seems fair to us.

Architecture that grows as you do.

When your business takes off, so will your data requirements. Choosing serverless architecture allows you to handle sudden growth without the need to provide computing power pre-emptively. When your app turns into the next TikTok overnight, serverless architecture will automatically expand to accommodate the interest. And you won’t be left cursing your server for crashing right when you needed it the most.

Innovators love it.

Inspiration requires agility. Serverless architecture allows developers to test ideas quickly and implement the ones that work. Test it. Tick. Move on to the next feature. Software developers love serverless for this reason. There are fewer constraints, making it simple to make big decisions on the fly. And it provides the flexibility to try things out – without the fear of failure.

The planet will thank you.

When you go serverless, you’re also going green. Hosting your own data means having servers running the whole time, even when you’re not using them. For big companies, that’s a lot of computing power – and a lot of energy. Serverless architecture allows you to buy servers when you need them. So there’s no waste – and a footprint that’s only as big as it needs to be.

It’s fast. Really fast.

When you go serverless, you’re putting an end to latency. Serverless providers usually have centers dotted all across the globe, so there’s no delay between request and response. If someone in London wants to use your app, the data doesn’t have to run a lap around the world. This makes it easier to expand your business without affecting the performance of your application.

Too good to be true?

For many businesses, serverless architecture has been a revolution. But that doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for everyone. Serverless architecture generates a huge amount of data, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, this can become a problem. Think about your business and what you need. If the benefits of serverless architecture sound appealing, make sure your team is prepared.

Believe the hype.

Lower cost. Greater flexibility. Simple to scale. Serverless Architecture has changed the way we store data. It’s also changing the way we do business. It allows you to spend time on important things without worrying about maintaining a server, like improving user experience, growing your company, and coming up with the next world-defining innovation.

Ask the experts.

At Polymath Labs, we’re not only serverless enthusiasts. We’re also serverless experts. We’ll help you make the switch with a supportive concierge approach tailored to your business needs. Get in touch to say hi to us – and goodbye to the server.

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