FaaSten Your Decisions: Classification Framework and Technology Review of Function-as-a-Service Platforms

Research paper by Vladimir Yussupov, Jacopo Soldani, Uwe Breitenbücher, Antonio Brogi, Frank Leymann

Indexed on: 03 Apr '20Published on: 01 Apr '20Published in: arXiv - Computer Science - Software Engineering


Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) is a cloud service model enabling developers to offload event-driven executable snippets of code. The execution and management of such functions becomes a FaaS provider's responsibility, hereby included their on-demand provisioning and automatic scaling. Key enablers for this cloud service model are FaaS platforms, e.g., AWS Lambda, Microsoft Azure Functions or OpenFaaS. At the same time, the choice of the most appropriate FaaS platform for deploying and running a serverless application is not trivial, as various organizational and technical aspects have to be taken into account. In this work, we present (i) a FaaS platform classification framework derived using a mixed method study and (ii) a systematic technology review of the ten most prominent FaaS platforms, based on the proposed classification framework. Moreover, we present (iii) a FaaS platform selection support system, called \faastener, which helps researchers and practitioners to choose the FaaS platform most suited for their requirements.