In the world of e-commerce, customers are becoming increasingly mobile. In The Netherlands, 50% of consumers are shopping on their mobile phone. Among those under 35 years of age, mobile purchases are at 65%. Numbers for searching and browsing for a potential purchase is over 70% overall.
Last August Microsoft extended its serverless offering by introducing Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service, Capable of managing the routing of millions of events per second from any source to any endpoint, the IFTTT for the Azure platform.
A lot of articles and blogs have already been written about the benefits of using containers for your application delivery, also called containerized delivery. While the serverless trend is considered the containers’ successor in application delivery, it still is not the best fit for all situations.
I’ve built numerous apps in my life and the one thing they had in common was that they all had to retrieve their data from somewhere – typically, a REST-based API. Cloud technology made it easier to implement these APIs, but our mobile software architecture hasn’t changed that much.
At the moment one of the big trends in Continuous Delivery is to use containers to speed up value delivery. Containers enable you to run your application in an isolated environment that can be moved between different machines with guaranteed same behavior.
Azure Functions is Microsoft’s event-driven, serverless, cloud platform for creating lightweight background processes. It is Microsoft’s FaaS (Function as a Service) answer to Amazon’s AWS Lambda. Let Pascal Naber fill you in on the details with this article.