Engineering the Future of Software
November 13–14, 2016: Training
November 14–16, 2016: Tutorials & Conference
San Francisco, CA

An introduction to serverless

Mike Roberts (Symphonia)
9:05am–9:25am Tuesday, 11/15/2016
Location: Grand Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.53, 17 ratings)

Web services, the cloud, containers, microservices. . .software architecture always has a new fad, and some of them even stick around for a while. This year’s hot, new buzzword is "serverless"—the idea of replacing your server applications with. . .well, what, exactly? Mike Roberts introduces the concepts behind serverless architectures to answer this question, explains how serverless breaks from the past, and provides reasons why it is worthy of some of the hype it’s currently receiving—balanced with a few warnings of some rough edges.

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Mike Roberts


Mike Roberts is a partner at Symphonia, a cloud technology consultancy based in New York City. Mike’s a longtime proponent of Agile and DevOps values and is excited by the role that cloud technologies have played in enabling such values for many high-functioning software teams. Mike can be reached at