Serverless computing: What Middle Eastern CIOs need to consider

As cloud service providers ramp up data centres in the Middle East, technology leaders should seriously consider serverless computing. Here are the advantages and potential pitfalls of serverless computing.

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With hyperscale and regional providers rushing to meet demand for cloud services in the Middle East, serverless computing is a key technology that every CIO in the region should have on their roadmap.

A key question that Middle Eastern CIOs need to ask themselves is what they want to achieve by moving to the cloud. Does cloud adoption simply mean moving your infrastructure from one data centre to the other and saving some money, or is the goal a complete revamp of your IT ecosystem by moving to a software-based, pay-as-you go model? If the answer was the latter, then you should be looking into serverless computing. There has never been a better time to consider this new technology in the Middle East.

Data centres from major players including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Oracle, and IBM have cropped up across the Middle East over the past few years. Recently, AWS announced the planned arrival of its new UAE region in 2022, which will surely accelerate cloud adoption even further in the Middle East .

What is serverless computing?

The term serverless computing may be a bit misleading, as there is always a server somewhere in a data centre, but serverless nevertheless does exactly what its name entails for the enterprise. Just as cloud computing virtualized your data centre, serverless is a game-changer that removes the hassle of worrying about the underlying infrastructure of an application. Instead, developers can just focus on writing code (usually referred to as a function in serverless) and pay for the computing power that is used in running it, thus removing the hassle of provisioning and maintaining an infrastructure, even a cloud-based one!

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