Vice President of Serverless, Oracle
January 4th, 2019 | 33 mins 28 secs
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.
July 11th, 2018 | 19 mins 28 secs
application development, developers, devops, ibm, open source, oracle, programming, serverless, serverless applications, software development, stateless computing
Just like Kung Fu in the 70's, serverless application development and deployment is hot. But just like Kung Fu, serverless is as much of a mindset as it is a platform. Amazon's Lambdas really kicked off the excitement, but going even further back, the origins of this style of programming can be found in functional principles: those found in Erlang, Haskell, and Scala.
Primarily, the idea of stateless computing and the goal of building discrete application functions drive this new paradigm of serverless. What's new about serverless is the fact that applications are offered up to the cloud to run in some unknown nebula managed by the cloud provider, with scaling needs completely abstracted away from the developer.