Is it just buzz? Is it really possible?
I believe not only that it's a lot more than just buzz and most importantly, YES it really is possible.
One of the biggest gripes I have with traditional eCommerce setups you come across in any online house is most of them do not have the time or manpower to properly set up their infrastructure resulting in idling servers to serve peak traffic.
Much of this energy is wasted in idle systems: in typical deployments, server utilization is below 30%, but idle servers still consume 60% of their peak power draw
I have seen many systems idling at around 15% with 10 application servers to server a 1 hour peak from 8 to 9pm. Considering these servers are usually under load around 40-50 hours a month not only is it a huge waste of energy it's also expensive… Many companies simply leave it at that because “it works” and they are happy to pay the cost for it and if needed simply throw another application server behind their load balancer and now they have 11 servers running wasting even more energy.
We are in the process of building a fully Serverless open source ecommerce shopsystem and would love some feedback from anyone currently working on anything eCommerce & serverless related. One of our goals is also to help reduce energy waste by giving developers the ability to run an ecommerce system in a fully serverless environment.
What are your biggest pains? Is anyone migrating current "traditional ecommerce" setups to serverless? Are you starting from scratch? What would you do differently if you were to start again? What are you afraid off when considering serverless? Throw us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!