Skip containers and do serverless computing instead

Normally, mainstream enterprises are slow to embrace cutting-edge technologies, with startups and other early adopters setting the pace on everything from public cloud to NoSQLs. Serverless computing, however, just might be different.

Serverless, first popularized by AWS Lambda, has seen “astonishing” growth of over 300 percent year over year, according to AWS chief Andy Jassy. Ironically, that growth may be driven by the “laggards,” as Redmonk analyst James Governor calls them, rather than the techno-hipsters.

[ A developer’s guide: Serverless: AWS vs. Google Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure. | Then learn how to use Microsoft’s Azure Functions and how to use AWS Lambda for serverless computing. ]

Containers are hot, but maybe not for you

Over the last few years, nothing has been as hot as containers. Indeed, containers are so hot they’ve broken the scale ETR uses to measure CIO intent to purchase enterprise technology, registering “the strongest buying intention score ever recorded in [its] six-year history.” The reason is simple: Containers make developers much more productive. As Chenxi Wang writes, containers let developers “deploy, replicate, move, and back up a workload even more quickly and easily than you can do so using virtual machines.”

That’s big.

As great as they are, containers have a built-in deficiency: They’re not nearly easy enough, as Governor highlights:

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