Amazon Web Services has made its Serverless Application Repository platform generally available. The repository enables users to discover and deploy serverless applications and components on AWS.
The new repository acts like a package manager that enables users to discover and immediately deploy applications and components to their projects.
Serverless applications differ from normal applications in that the cloud service automatically manages machine resources. Developers can focus on creating applications that respond to events without having to take the time to develop around the hardware.
A recent report from Research and Markets estimates that the product category that is emerging from this concept, referred to as “function as a service” will become a $7.72 billion market by 2021.
Benefits for Users and Publishers
Users of AWS will gain access to a repository of tools they can apply to their projects. In a blog post announcing the release, Amazon noted that these applications are useful for, “Machine learning, image processing, IoT, and general-purpose work.”
One advantage of using serverless applications like those available in the repository is a general cost savings of not having to run a virtual machine just to make the application available. Instead, these tools only utilize resource when they’re running.
For publishers, the repository makes it possible to publish applications they’ve created. Publishers create a listing using their name, description, a readme file, link to the source code repo, and choice of SAM template and designated semantic version. From there, users of the repository can discover and directly deploy the applications to their AWS account.
Amazon listed the following regions as having the new feature available:
- US East (Ohio)
- US East (N. Virginia)
- US West (N. California)
- US West (Oregon)
- Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
- Asia Pacific (Seoul)
- Asia Pacific (Mumbai)
- Asia Pacific (Singapore)
- Asia Pacific (Sydney)
- Canada (Central)
- EU (Frankfurt)
- EU (Ireland)
- EU (London)
- South America (São Paulo) regions
Global availability is possible by publishing from the US East (Ohio) or US East (North Virginia) regions.