Serverless to Dominate in Next Decade, According to New Report

"Companies will have no choice but to adopt serverless," said Simon Wardley, Researcher at Leading Edge Forum and author of the report

A new report released by global research and thought leadership organization, Leading Edge Forum, highlights why serverless infrastructure environments are set to become the dominant paradigm for enterprise technology deployments in the next decade. The global serverless computing market will approach $19.26 billion by 2025, stated in another report.

Entitled ‘Why the Fuss About Serverless?’ Leading Edge Forum’s report highlights how IT efficiency can be increased by up to 40% with a serverless infrastructure and makes recommendations for how companies should prepare now to ensure competitive advantage.

Serverless, Guide for CTOs

‘Why The Fuss About Serverless?’ provides an in-depth look at the benefits of serverless computing environments and their evolution from the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud environments that so many companies already use today. The report would be a great guide for CTOs and IT Professionals to explore the benefits of serverless, the skills that would underpin its success in any organization, as well as the technical and strategic considerations.

Serverless computing allows enterprises to build and run applications without having to worry about the management or administration of servers. In short, it enables them to focus on simply writing the code for an application whilst the various cloud providers (AWS, Google Cloud, Azure etc) focus on the execution.

The report also examines how the serverless market has developed, the role of DevOps and the “essential dependencies every CTO must consider” when reviewing the direction of their future IT infrastructure. Notably, the report makes comparisons with the way cloud technology was dismissed in its infancy, only to become common sight in the infrastructure of modern enterprises today – history would be repeating itself.

Serverless, Application Development

A number of conclusions are drawn in the report on the future of the serverless market and its impact within organizations, including:

  • Serverless will significantly increase development speeds, often by more than 70%.
  • Serverless would be an exponential change and it will take 5-10 years to become the norm for new application development.
  • Companies have no choice but to adopt serverless, according to Leading Edge Forum’s report. It’s not a question of if but when.
  • Sources of inertia to adopting serverless will include existing development practices and vendors. Some of these practices will include existing DevOps skills related to underlying infrastructure.
  • Infrastructure, containers and the more “operational” side of DevOps will become less important and less visible as serverless grows.
  • Amazon currently dominates the space and is likely to do so in the foreseeable future, according to the report.

“Companies will have no choice but to adopt serverless,” said Simon Wardley, Researcher at Leading Edge Forum and author of the report. “In the same way that cloud technology defied the naysayers, with vast quantities of applications, infrastructure and storage moving skyward, serverless is gaining momentum and will be the foundational technology architecture of every organization over the next 10 years.”

He continued, “This report shows clear examples of where industries are already moving to serverless infrastructures, and reaping the benefits. It is time to start thinking about sunsetting private IaaS efforts over the next 5-10 years, and focus on developing skills such as DevOps that will be key component to running serverless infrastructure.”

As said, also released a new report on serverless computing. In this report, it’s stated that the global serverless computing market 2018-2023 – will Approach $19.26 billion by 2025. Over 25% of enterprise organizations will deploy serverless applications by 2023. North America will lead the serverless market followed by Asia Pacific.

Leading Edge Forum’s ‘Why The Fuss About Serverless’ report can be downloaded here.

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