Serverless Applications: Why, When, and How?


Serverless computing shows good promise for efficiency and ease-of-use. Yet, there are only a few, scattered and sometimes conflicting reports on questions such as Why do so many companies adopt serverless?, When are serverless applications well suited?, and How are serverless applications currently implemented? To address these questions, we analyze 89 serverless applications from open-source projects, industrial sources, academic literature, and scientific computing—the most extensive study to date.

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For further details, we refer to our accompanying technical report A Review of Serverless Use Cases and their Characteristics.

A preprint is also available on arXiv: