Observability Glossary

Function as a Service (FaaS)

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Function as a Service (FaaS) is a cloud computing model that enables developers to deploy individual functions to the cloud, which are then executed in response to specific events. The event could be an HTTP requests, a new file upload, or a message from a queue. This approach enables developers to focus solely on writing and deploying the application code, without having to manage the underlying infrastructure.

For example, when a new file is uploaded to a storage service like S3, a specific function can be triggered to process the file without the developer having to worry about provisioning or maintaining the infrastructure.

One of the key benefits of FaaS is its scalability. Since functions are executed in response to events, the cloud provider automatically manages the scaling of resources based on the incoming workload. This means that if there is a sudden surge in events triggering the function, the cloud provider will handle the scaling without any intervention from the developer. This makes FaaS particularly well-suited for applications with unpredictable workloads.

FaaS simplifies the development and deployment process, allowing developers to focus on writing efficient and modular code. Additionally, FaaS offerings like AWS Lambda, Azure Functions, and Google Cloud Functions provide integrations with other cloud services, making it easy to build event-driven applications without the need to manage infrastructure.

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