There and Back Again: A FaaS Tale

Functions as a service (FaaS) have really become a staple in most development circles. They provide little infrastructure overhead in the development of microservices and are often very lightweight. Yet FaaS face their own sets of challenges when it comes to costs, response times, and observability. I believe that architectures will evolve over time. In some cases you may never want to change your FaaS but there may be cases that you’ll want to move it to it’s own application.

Understanding Serverless

To be honest, I’ve had a rough time understanding how FaaS fit into my vision of a microservice architecture. It made sense that they were microservices themselves, especially when they are event driven: put something in a bucket, then do something, maybe do something else and so on. But what I didn’t understand was why build a serverless function if you could build an API. In the end I realize that it was how I had learned to develop microservices that was the crux of my issue.