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ISSUE 142: VMware’s Serverless Angle  

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“YAML is like the longest Black Mirror episode ever.”

Google’s Kelsey Hightower 
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Frameworks and Other Serverless Tools in Use of PLanned for Use

The platforms that run serverless workloads are just one aspect of a larger ecosystem of tools to manage and monitor applications throughout the software development life cycle. Although many solutions are open source, there is a strong influx of companies hoping to profit as enterprises move serverless application into production environments. This article uses survey data to show which tools are seeing adoption by those using serverless architectures.

Frameworks make it easier to develop and deploy applications. The most popular framework in our survey was Serverless Framework by Serverless, Inc., which can be used on many different cloud platforms. Serverless, Inc. has found some success translating its early lead into the adoption of another of its offerings, Event Gateway, which routes events and assists with API development. We found that 7 percent of current Serverless Framework users already deploy Event Gateway, with another 20 percent planning to do so in the next 18 months. The second most commonly mentioned framework only helps with AWS-centric development, the Server Application Model, from Amazon Web Services.

As we previously reported, 62 percent of everyone expecting to use a serverless architecture say they will be writing functions using Python. Thus, it is not surprising that Python-specific tools like Python Lambda and AWS Chalice made significant showings on serverless roadmaps.

What's Happening

Red Hat’s acquisition by IBM has been the biggest story of the year, dwarfing Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub. But the acquisition has been notable for many reasons, one of them is that this is the third largest IT acquisition in history, after Broadcom and Dell-EMC.

The New Stack founder and Editor-in-Chief, Alex Williams, sat down with Lauren Cooney, founder and CEO, Spark Labs; Tyler Jewell, CEO, WSO2; and Chris Aniszczyk, CTO and COO, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, to discuss the repercussions of this acquisition in this episode of The New Stack Analysts.

Red Hat-IBM Acquisition - Clash of Cultures or Best of Both Worlds?

VMware’s Serverless Angle

It seems we are entering the age of consolidation in the space of container operations. Last week, IBM announced that it was buying Red Hat, at least in part to get to all that Kubernetes expertise on-hand at Red Hat. This week brought another acquisition, that of VMware purchasing Kubernetes consultancy Heptio. This one is certainly not as large as Big Blue buying the leader in open source enterprise software, but in many ways, it is just as significant. Heptio was created by Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie, who are two of the three principals behind the creation of Kubernetes at Google — the third being Brendan Burns, who is now at Microsoft. Mix in the partnership work that VMware has done with AWS, and all of a sudden, we can see the competitive race of who can best deliver a hybrid cloud Kubernetes experience to the enterprise, with the players being IBM/Red Hat, VMware/AWS, Microsoft, and, coming up from behind, Oracle.

Here’s another interesting angle to this pending purchase, which our research analyst Lawrence Hecht tipped us off to. VMware has been quietly been building up a portfolio of serverless technologies, such as the OpenFaaS project helmed by Alex Ellis and the Dispatch framework for managing serverless functions. Many companies of late, such as the about-to-be-launched TriggerMesh, use Kubernetes as a way of managing large numbers of serverless instances. As serverless catches up with containers in terms of popularity, Kubernetes could be the management tool of choice for these jobs, and VMware has the tools for an early start on that journey. In a conference call with reporters about the Heptio acquisition, Beda noted that “the vibrant ecosystem that Kubernetes provides is the best hope for creating a sustainable, ever-expanding, truly-vendor neutral ecosystem that will bring serverless to its full potential.”

Bitnami Stacksmith Packages Apps for AWS, Azure

Bitnami has made its Stacksmith platform free in a public tier for users deploying applications that use assets from a public repository that are being deployed on public clouds. It also added Stacksmith Team to enable an organization’s teams to share projects, use assets from private or public repositories, and deploy on multiple public or private clouds.

CloudBees’ Jenkins X Offers Cloud Native Continuous Integration

During a one-on-one interview with The New Stack, James Strachan, senior architect at CloudBees and the project lead on the new Jenkins X project, discusses how Jenkins X’s support of Kubernetes — and now serverless platforms — reflects how CloudBees is becoming more cloud native.

Untangle Dependencies in Java Module Systems

From a consumer perspective it is best to depend on single functionalities, but from a producer’s perspective, this is an unmanageable approach. In this contributed post, Liferay Developer Advocate Milen Dyankov shows you the easiest way manage Java dependencies.

Party On

(From left to right) Cheryl Razzell, global head of digital platform operations, HSBC; Stefan Simenon, head of center of expertise software development and tooling, ABN AMRO Bank; and Diego Lo Giudice, an analyst for Forrester, during a Q&A session at DevOps World | Jenkins World 2018 in Europe.

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