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Differences between Serverless Jobs, Containers and Functions

Reviewed on 08 December 2023Published on 02 July 2024

Differences between Functions, Containers, and Jobs

Serverless Jobs

Serverless Jobs are designed for batch computing workloads, particularly large-scale and asynchronous tasks, like data processing, image rendering, or complex computations.

Choose Scaleway Serverless Jobs:

  • For long-running tasks and resource-intensive applications.
  • To handle numerous jobs concurrently.
  • If you do not need to expose your service on a port.
  • For asynchronous processing.

To run as a Serverless Job, your applications must be containerized, which offers you a lot of choice when configuring your runtime environments.

Serverless Functions

Choose Scaleway Serverless Functions:

  • For stateless and short-lived workloads (< 15 minutes).
  • For event-driven tasks.
  • For optimum performance in lightweight scenarios.
  • For autoscaling applications.
  • For web-facing applications and web servers.

Serverless Functions can only be written in languages available as runtimes.

Serverless Containers

Choose Scaleway Serverless Containers:

  • For stateless, short-lived applications (< 15 minutes).
  • For event-driven tasks.
  • If your programming language is not supported as a Serverless Function runtime.
  • For autoscaling workloads.

To run as a Serverless Container, your application must be containerized, giving you a lot of flexibility to configure your runtime environments.

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