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Serverless architecture fundamentals

Pratik Patel (IBM)
9:0010:30 Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Location: Hall A5
Secondary topics:  Anti-Pattern, Best Practice
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Architects and developers




Serverless doesn’t mean no servers—it’s a metaphor for a new way of designing applications that builds on microservices. Moving to serverless allows you to take your application development, deployment, and economics to a new level while delivering software to your customers faster and cheaper. But there are also significant trade-offs to keep in mind.

Pratik Patel walks you through a short introduction to serverless architecture and explains why it’s an architectural style to pay attention to, especially if your company is already deploying cloud applications. You’ll learn how serverless architecture fits into the world of microservices and examine the pyramid of application development and deployment. You’ll put on your architect hat to look at serverless options and how they impact applications architecture. You’ll leave with a solid understanding of the benefits (faster deployment, more often, with lower cost) and challenges (debugging, data stores, testing, and more) of moving to a serverless architecture.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A working knowledge of building systems and cloud technology

What you'll learn

  • Learn the basics of serverless architecture: its relationship to microservices, cloud native and serverless, common anti-patterns, and rethinking common app design
  • Understand how serverless architecture compares to traditional and microservices architecture, how to properly separate out a large app into serverless components, where serverless fits into the deployment pyramid, and options for building serverless apps
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Pratik Patel


Pratik Patel is a lead developer advocate at IBM. Pratik has designed and built applications in the retail, healthcare, financial services, and telecom sectors. His specialty is large-scale applications for mission-critical and mobile applications, and he hacks iOS, Android, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Rails, and…well, everything except Perl. Pratik is the author of Java Database Programming with JDBC, the first book on enterprise Java. He speaks regularly conferences and participates in several local tech and startup groups. Pratik holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Pratik Patel | Lead Developer Advocate
6/11/2019 19:24 CET

sorry about that – I fixed the title before the session started. All is not lost though, it has been recorded and you can watch it online soon!

Vitaly Emporopulo | Software Architect
6/11/2019 19:22 CET

The session is titled “Serverless architecture fundamentals”. I was about to attend the session, but the presentation title on the screen read “Serverless in the Java Ecosystem”. We are not using Java. Disappointed :(

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