How feasible is Serverless technology for startups?

February 09, 2018 0 Comments

How feasible is Serverless technology for startups?

 

 


If you are working with a startup, you know that it is a race against time and money.
I have been evaluating a lot of serverless technologies for our clients who are looking to build applications with serverless components. Now that there is a new project ahead of us, we are wondering if it is a perfect fit for our requirements or not.

Since it’s a simple app but has huge potential to scale, we are thinking to go for microservices or continue with monoliths? The application is just going to perform user authentication, registration, push notifications and standard CRUD operations, however, it might have a CRON in the background sending updates to the app.

Here are some of the questions we are looking answers for:

  1. As per my experience, service-based architecture adds a lot of complexity and communication overhead. If we have a team of 100 engineers, we can divide the project into small pieces that can be worked upon by a manageably sized team. Since the initial project team is small, I am not sure microservice will be a good fit. However, we are looking forward to good scalability options. What is your experience?

  2. Serverless seems to be a new kid on the block and the use cases are still fit into a bit of a narrow band. Also, I am particularly not sure about serverless performance and how it operates in a development environment for rapid test/prototyping. How about cold-hot startup time and concurrency?



  3. But most importantly we envision faster time to market and are looking forward to improving our MVP by circling back around and ironing out the imperfections and operational issues. How good is serverless for this?


Looking forward to the views of Dev community. Let me know what do you think about this case. Also, if there is anything I should be considering, please mention in the comment section.


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