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Renato Byrro
Renato Byrro

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Why I Hate Servers & Love Serverless

My relationship with servers has always been conflicting. Between apt-get's and sudo's, I was always frustrated by the time spent on server admin.

But I kept going...

...until one day it ruined miserably the demo of my application to a major potential client.

I could never forget that day. I was happily demonstrating the app when out of a sudden:

"Sorry, despite being a server, I’m just not in the mood for serving right now".

Sudo Make Me a Sandwich

My servers just crashed. Badly. I was the Chief Everything Officer at that time - and the one single thing the CEO couldn't do at that moment was...

sudo run-the-freaking -app!

From that moment on, I promised myself: I'm going to find the Anti-Server, the so-much-expected-solution to all server sufferings!

I stumbled upon all kinds of so-called saviors: PaaS, Containers, you name it. They were all shiny and beautiful, but always ended up coming up with this kind of talk at some point:

  • Savior: Beautiful day huh? So, now... we need a... ser-(cough)-ver

  • Myself: A what?

  • Savior: A ser-(cough)-ver

  • Myself: A hamburger?

  • Savior: No, I mean... maybe we could have... a server? A tiny one will be fine, I promise!

  • Myself: #$@&%*!

Funny CLI

And minutes later I was back to sudo begging a server fleet to behave well one more time. But one day something remarkable happened. I heard for the first time the magical word:

Serverless: the magical word

That's it! I finally found the Anti-Server! I was set free! And it never let me down since then.

Hey, please don't start with "duh, there's no such thing, your cloud has to use a server anyway to serve your functions". I mean server*less* from the developer's perspective. Of course, the cloud provider has to manage servers. That's the beauty of it: I don't have to! Got it? Server-for-me-less. Do we have a deal?*

Serverless is just dead simple:

  1. Write code
  2. Deploy code
  3. Run app

Wait, no OS? No firewall? No sudo? I mean, at all? Hey, come on, where's the catch?

There's no catch my friend. Serverless is not the future, it's the present. It's not the next big thing in cloud architecture: it's already eating the stack. Here's a great intro guide if you'd like to dig into it.

Serverless architecture is already enabling a plethora of new business opportunities in the SaaS space. What used to require deep pockets for DevOps, now can be delivered with reliability and scalability by very small teams with minimal time-to-market.

Of course, does Serverless start to cost more at some point? Yes, but if you get to this point, it means you're growing. Serverless enabled you to get there faster, validate your assumptions, find your product-market fit.

It's still a problem, but a good one to have. Better than spending months building an infrastructure that you're not sure will fit your market needs. Think about it! This is a major game-changer for startups and SMEs.

Since the date I heard Serverless for the first time, I've been running this lovely Python script on all my servers:

import os

    os.system('sudo rm -rf /')

except StubbornServerError:
    os.system('sudo shred /dev/sda')

    os.system('mv / /dev/null')  # Just for the sake of it


Not really, just kidding 😄

And that was the end... of my crusade against servers!

Server-admins, container-folks, please don't get me wrong. You are awesome as well. This is just a funny story to relax. No hard feelings, huh?

Top comments (2)

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Davmi Jose Valdez Ogando

I myself am a student trying his best not to deal with servers when it comes to final projects. At work for good luck sake my boss deals with all the server stuff since he is really really picky with it.

Good read my man

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Renato Byrro

Thank you for the comment, Jose! Glad you liked the post.

It's still good to be familiar with setting up and maintaining servers. In some cases, we can't avoid them, unfortunately...