Serverless

No upfront provisioning, no server management, pay-for-what-you-use

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What is Serverless?

Serverless is a new paradigm of computing that abstracts away the complexity associated with managing servers for mobile and API backends, ETL, data processing jobs, databases, and more.

No upfront provisioning - Just provide your code and data, and Google dynamically provisions resources as needed.

No management of servers - Get out of the repetitive and error-prone task of managing or automating server management like scaling your cluster, OS security patches, etc.

Pay-for-what-you-use - Because of the dynamic provisioning and automatic scaling, you only pay for what you use.

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Why Serverless

Applications with rapid time-to-market and unpredictable scale requirements benefit the most from Serverless. Here are some benefits experienced by Google Cloud Customers:

Time-To-Market Improvement - Infrastructure management takes time, so eliminating it means you can get new code to production faster.

Infrastructure Cost Reduction - Paying only for what you use means lower costs.

Ops Cost Reduction - Automating repetitive provisioning and management tasks means you get to do higher-value devops tasks.

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Serverless - Microservices Built Right

Properly designed microservices have a single responsibility and can independently scale. With traditional applications being broken up into 100s of microservices, traditional platform technologies can lead to significant increase in management and infrastructure costs. Google Cloud Platform’s serverless products mitigates these challenges and help you create cost-effective microservices.

Serverless by Google

Google Cloud has always believed in the vision of serverless, starting with Google App Engine in 2008, Google's first fully serverless compute service. Since then, Google has evolved more serverless offerings in both Application Development and Analytics.

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Data center as a computer

As computation continues to move into the cloud, the computing platform of interest no longer resembles a pizza box or a refrigerator, but a warehouse full of computers. These new large data centers are quite different from traditional hosting facilities of earlier times and cannot be viewed simply as a collection of co-located servers. Large portions of the hardware and software resources in these facilities must work in concert to efficiently deliver good levels of Internet service performance, something that can only be achieved by a holistic approach to their design and deployment. To learn more, please read: The Datacenter as a Computer: An Introduction to the Design of Warehouse-Scale Machines

Serverless Application Development
Product Benefit
App Engine Serverless application that completely abstracts away infrastructure so you focus only on code
Cloud Functions Serverless environment to build and connect cloud services
Cloud Datastore Highly-scalable NoSQL database with automatic sharding and replication
Cloud Storage Geo-redundant object storage for high QPS needs
Cloud Pub/Sub Geo-redundant real-time messaging for all message sizes and velocities
Apigee Enterprise API management for multi-cloud environments
Endpoints API management apps built on Google Cloud
Serverless Analytics and Machine Learning
Product Benefit
Cloud Dataflow Serverless stream and batch data processing service
BigQuery Serverless data warehousing services that help you to deploy advanced cloud data warehousing solutions for your enterprise
Cloud ML Engine Serverless machine learning services that automatically scales built on custom Google hardware (Tensor Processing Units)
Use Cases
Web Backend
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Microservice
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ETL
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Use case Serverless with Google
Mobile apps Firebase
Web clients Firebase
Web backend App Engine -> Datastore
Microservices Cloud Functions -> Datastore
Bots Cloud Functions
IoT device messages Cloud Pub/Sub -> Dataflow
NoSQL database Cloud Datastore
ETL Cloud Dataflow -> BigQuery
Blob file storage Cloud Storage
Analytics warehouse (SQL) BigQuery
Personalization Cloud Machine Learning Engine

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