Google's Kelsey Hightower Dissects Serverless Hype And Hope

Episode 400 · December 27th, 2018 · 31 mins 22 secs

About this Episode

Serverless adoption is exploding — but what the platform is and how it might be able to help your organization depends on a lot of factors.

“Breaking down the word ‘serverless,’ for a lot of people, means almost whatever you want it to mean these days,” Kelsey Hightower, a developer advocate at Google, said during a podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief, of The New Stack at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018.  “But I think there is this movement around so many managed services at this point and all of the problems you can solve…that you can now give it a term, a buzzword. So, that means that database now is fully managed and the security part is fully managed over the counter.”

In many ways, serverless offerings can often be reduced to the concept of offloading server-management tasks to a third party.

“We’re removing that ability or the need to think about the server,”  Hightower said. “So now, you have serverless because many services are eating that world as well.”

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