Knative: Is it ready for production?

As Kubernetes and AWS Lambda gained traction among developers, there was a clear need for a serverless abstraction on top of Kubernetes. Knative is an open source project, originally started by Google in collaboration with IBM, Red Hat and VMware, that provides an abstraction for developers to run their code without having to manage the…

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Serverless & Big Data: Is It A Good Fit?

Serverless gained traction among the developers because it allowed them to easily deploy small chunks of code without having to worry about bringing up servers. The early success due to the seamless deployment of event driven functions as well as the constraints imposed by early Serverless platforms like AWS Lambda on developers have given an…

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The Pros and Cons of AWS Lambda

Ever since Amazon Web Services launched AWS Lambda in 2014 as a Serverless platform, it has been steadily gaining traction among developers. AWS Lambda allowed developers to deploy small chunks of code and scale seamlessly at a very low cost. Developers could do this without having to manage the underlying servers. This productivity advantage offered…

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Is Open Source Even Relevant In Serverless

Open source has been intertwined with enterprise software for more than two decades and, with the increased adoption of cloud computing, the role of open-source software has only been increasing. If we look at the hype around containers, it is completely driven by open source. As Serverless gains traction, driven mainly by the higher-level abstractions,…

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Debunking The Serverless Myth

One of the biggest misconceptions about Serverless is that it cannot support stateful applications. We have already pointed out that the new breed of Functions as a Service (FaaS) offerings support stateful applications. In this post, we will go a bit deeper on the topic and break the myth that Serverless is fit only for…

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Overcoming Serverless Limitations

Overcoming Serverless Limitations While Serverless provides developers many advantages, they also impose many constraints on developers in terms of architecture, deployment options, etc.. While these constraints require developers to change the way they develop and deploy their applications, there are many ways developers can overcome these limitations or find a workaround to manage them gracefully….

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Two Paths To IoT With Serverless

As Internet of Things (IoT) gains traction among businesses of all sizes, developers are forced to figure out out how to build apps that take advantage of data. The usual approach of deploying the apps on virtual machines or containers may be suboptimal as the IoT devices may not generate data at all times justifying…

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Serverless Suitable For Machine Learning and AI Workloads?

Machine learning (ML) is getting very popular across organizations of all sizes and shapes, driven by the desire to gain insights from the data they collect from their customers and across the organization. Whether you are a large organization collecting data using sensors and other IoT devices or a small business storing customer and employee…

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Stateful Apps With Serverless

Using Serverless Functions for stateless applications is straightforward. Not all Functions as a Service (FaaS) providers offer out of the box support for stateful applications. Using FaaS without understanding the requirements for deploying stateful applications may end up being expensive and operationally prohibitive. Even though early use cases for Functions as a Service like AWS…

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