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Is Serverless Architecture Fading Out? Not So Fast

While it may appear that serverless architecture is in decline, we couldn’t disagree more. Discover why.

Serverless architecture allows software engineers to build and run workflows without the headache of infrastructure management, saving hours of time per project. With a serverless architecture, you don’t need to worry about purchasing or managing backend servers. So, why did the number of serverless developers decline by 3% from 2020 to 2021? The answer, in short: many engineers believe serverless architecture has little flexibility, making it difficult to adopt. The last thing you want is for your serverless solutions to make you feel locked in a box. After all, IT engineering and development is a creative pursuit at its core. 🎨

It’s pretty easy to assume that the serverless revolution has started to die out, but we’re not so sure of that. Read on to learn more about serverless architecture, its low adoption rates… and why we think that’s about to change. 😎

Why are Developers Shying Away from Serverless Architecture?

For engineers interested in serverless architecture, it’s easy to get deterred by the amount of solutions that lack flexibility. Plenty of serverless orchestrations require you to lock-in with a single vendor, since each vendor provides unique features and workflows. Vendor lock-in can be very limiting… especially for enterprise-scale businesses. Once you choose a vendor, you have to organize your entire DevOps around the product’s technology, adopting a language or code you don’t want to use. We get it—it’s a pain.

For instance, let’s say you decide to switch to AWS to set up serverless architecture. You quickly learn that this platform doesn’t allow you to run custom containers or launch multiple applications at once. Suddenly, you’re restructuring your entire process around AWS services and struggling to accomplish the event-driven workflows you intended to create with serverless architecture in the first place!

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The Right Serverless Orchestration Offers Enhanced Flexibility

With the right serverless orchestration, all of those headache-inducing inflexibilities disappear, leaving you with nothing but benefits. 🌟As a platform- and language-agnostic solution, Direktiv allows you to create workflows with any containers (even custom creations!), written in any language you want, within any coding environment you want. Thanks to our provider-agnostic workflow engine, you don’t have to be tied to a specific cloud provider’s solution. And yes, you can run multiple applications at once.

Picture this: you decide to adopt serverless architecture, and you choose a provider- and language-agnostic solution. Instead of re-structuring DevOps around your serverless architecture, you’re able to fit serverless workflows into your existing processes. You create an event-driven workflow leveraging custom containers and pre-existing containers from multiple providers. Want to use a container from Google and another from GitHub? No problem. With a visual editor, you can quickly and easily use every container you need in one workflow — even if they’re written in different languages.

Now, you’re reaping the benefits of serverless architecture without the headaches of an inflexible platform. You can sit back, relax, and let your event-driven workflows run, all without the stress of being locked into a specific vendor. These are exactly the reasons why, 40% of IT professionals shared that they work at organizations that recently adopted serverless architecture.


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Final Thoughts

Although it may seem like serverless architecture is slowly declining by the slight reduction in serverless developers being hired in the last two years, this couldn’t be further from the truth — now more than ever, the concerns of serverless architecture’s limitations are disappearing. The right platform allows you to work with any vendor, any language, and any container you want, so you can reap the benefits of your serverless solution with none of the headaches.

Discover delightful, easy-to-use and easy-to-implement serverless architecture workflows with Direktiv.

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