Why Jamstack will be the leading web development architecture.

15 June 2020

The ascent of Jamstack

The web development industry reforms rapidly over time. New technologies such as programming languages, frameworks and services come and go as time passes. Many technologies that were considered the most modern and efficient just over ten years ago, are today seen by many as legacy which is true for the most part. Of course there will still be a lot of demand for the older technologies since much of the legacy software is built with legacy technologies, such as Wordpress. Eventually they will evolve to something else or get buried in the legacy graveyard.

In any case technologies such as programming languages and frameworks are in fact only a part of the big picture in web development. The big picture of web development hasn't significantly changed in twenty years or so.

So, what is this "big picture" in web development then?

The big picture

The most commonly known, and to some extend traditional web development architecture is to have a client-side tightly coupled to the server-side application that is deployed on a physical or a virtual server owned by the company / individual developing the application. The site could be built, for example, with a server-side content management system (CMS), like WordPress or Drupal.

Jamstack innovation

"A modern web development architecture based on client-side JavaScript, reusable APIs, and prebuilt markup"

- Mathias Biilmann (CEO & Co-founder of Netlify) on Jamstack

JAMstack

Jamstack is a modern, revolutionary web development architecture that improves performance, scalability and security. On top of all of this it provides an overall better development experience. Jamstack is arguably the most innovative architecture the web development industry has seen in a long time - it completely revamps the traditional way of developing the web.

The "Jamstack mentality" is based on the Serverless architecture, which means that the applications built with Jamstack do not have the traditional tight bond between a client-side application and a self-hosted server (physical or virtual) but rather have the possible server-side processes abstracted into multiple cloud-based microservices. This means, that you don't have to put nearly as much money and no effort at all on maintaining your own servers, as they are distributed into cloud-based services, such as Netlify and Prismic.

The best part about all of this is that Jamstack isn't tied to a certain scope of technologies as web applications built with Wordpress are. The freedom of choosing the services that fit your needs the best is another prominent reason why Jamstack has a lot of potential to grow even bigger as it is now.

Serverless architecture

As cloud computing has become very affordable and powerful, the Serverless architecture is on its rise. The Serverless architecture market is estimated to grow from USD 7.6 billion in 2020 to a whopping USD 21.1 billion by 2025. The largest providers, such as Amazon with their AWS and Microsoft with their Azure are investing huge sums in their cloud-based development platforms.

Serverless architecture

All of this certainly speaks for itself - we are witnessing a huge change in the big picture of web development. It is proven by many businesses that are starting to realize the benefits of shifting to become Serverless: the best advantages of the Serverless architecture are its scalability and lower costs, which is something that all companies are really interested in, regardless of their magnitude.

Adapting Jamstack early can give a huge advantage in the future

As the infrastructure and possibilities for Jamstack development grow rapidly, the reasons to adapt Jamstack are becoming more and more obvious. There are big investments in Jamstack services: Strapi, an open-source headless CMS, raised a funding of USD 10 million in May 2020, and Gatsby, a popular Jamstack static site generator, raised a funding of USD 28 million, also just back in May 2020. Netlify, the company behind Jamstack raised a staggering 53 million funding in March 2020. These are just a couple of the many examples of how much investments and attention the Jamstack architecture is receiving.

The early bird gets the worm, which is exactly what is happening with JAMstack: it is still in its ascent, and businesses that adapt to it early can have a big advantage over the ones that run late in responding to the changes in the industry. But, as the Jamstack architecture continues to grow, the number of businesses shifting to it can only increase. We at Ikius are excited to have adapted JAMstack as the go-to web development architecture, among the first businesses out there.

An article by Aatu Väisänen
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