A University Researcher, Oracle On Why Serverless Matters

Episode 402 · January 4th, 2019 · 33 mins 28 secs

About this Episode

Serverless continues to mean different things for different people — but many users and proponents have very solid examples of how and why it works for them.

Christopher Woods, research software engineer, at the University of Bristol, is a case in point. Woods said, besides saving money by paying engineers to maintain servers instead of building business logic, serverless allows organizations to shift code faster to the cloud. You also “do not have to think about any of that kind of non-strategic, undifferentiated heavy lifting,” he said.

“[Serverless providers offer] the stuff that everybody has to do when you ship an app to the cloud: you have to choose a framework, you have to do find the server, you have to provision that server, you have to get your SSH key..I mean, these are kind of the old ways of doing things,” Woods said. “Maybe it’s going to scale, then what happens when that server goes down? I mean, all of these stuff is not strategic for the organization, so there’s no value to the business for spending time managing servers.”

Woods, as well as Shaun Smith, director of product management for serverless at Oracle, and Chad Arimura, vice president of serverless at Oracle, discussed in detail what serverless can offer during a podcast hosted by Alex Williams, TNS founder and editor-in-chief, at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018.

Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPFvXVOeZoI