This week we saw two major launches in the ecosystem for the cloud-native computing stack, which continues to be built out at an astonishing rateView in browser »
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ISSUE 128: Stacking up the Cloud-Native Stack

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“The sheer volume and varieties of today's big data lends itself to a machine learning-based approach, which reduces a growing burden on IT teams that will soon become unsustainable.”

Srinivas Vadlamani, chief architect, Imanis Data
Add It Up
Container Deployment Still Outpaces ‘Serverless’
Four times in the last year we’ve analyzed the numbers around serverless adoption. This week, while we are conducting our own TNS Serverless Survey, we look at a recent report from Cloud Foundry. Based on a panel of IT decision makers (not a self-selecting web survey), the report found that containers are being used or actively evaluated by 32 percent of respondents, compared to 19 percent for serverless computing and 14 percent for FaaS (Function as a Service). This is the first time since August 2017 that we’ve seen high-level survey data that has container adoption way ahead of serverless.

It important to note that the 19 percent figure actually describes those using or “evaluating” serverless computing. In other words, many “users” are really conducting trials. Although the survey didn’t go into the details for serverless, it did break-out the container users into initial, limited and broad deployments, with only a fifth actually falling into the “broad” category.

Readers may believe that many of the categories in the chart above overlap each other. They are correct. In fact, one of the main conclusions coming from the report is that many respondents had on their roadmaps "using or planning to use PaaS, containers and serverless." Whether or not all three will be used simultaneously is up for discussion.
What's Happening

We caught up with Christian Posta, who is the chief architect for cloud development at Red Hat, at OSCON to chat about the next big problem Kubernetes adopters will face once they’ve gotten their systems containerized. That problem is traffic management, and the Istio Project, which should hit version 1.0 before the end of this week, is the planned system for handling it all.

Red Hat's Chief Architect of Cloud Development Talks Traffic Management

Stacking up the Cloud Native Stack

This week we saw two major launches in the ecosystem for the cloud-native computing stack, which continues to be built out at an astonishing rate. First up, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation has taken on VMware’s Harbor container registry as a Sandbox-level hosted project. In addition to providing the software to store containers, the software also offers security and compliance support for user management, vulnerability checking, access control, activity monitoring, and replication between instances. Typically, container registries are offered as a service, either by cloud providers or software vendors such as Docker. But Harbor can be set up in-house, and thus be closer to the development environment, and more deeply intertwined with existing security practices.

Google also took this week to announce that its open source Istio service mesh, built with IBM and Lyft and others, is ready for production duties. This software, first released a little over a year ago, has developed at an almost frantic pace (for enterprise software). But, as folks we interviewed pointed out, Istio can be used to save time both production and development, setting the stage for a more nimble organization. Read all about it!

Serverless Testing in Production

Charity Majors, co-founder and CEO of platform-agnostic DevOps monitoring tool, says that this inability to test in development is not unique to serverless. But serverless does require a new way of thinking about testing in production. She discusses approaches such as feature flags, staged rollouts, canaries.

Q&A: Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene on the Future of the Cloud

We sat down with Diane Greene, currently CEO of Google Cloud, at Google Cloud Next, and asked her what it’s like turning a company that was designed to be like a college into a serious, enterprise-focused, customer-driven, services provider.

Serverless and Workflows: The Present and the Future

Dmitri Zimine, founder and CTO of StackStorm, notes that Serverless is driving the return of workflows. But what workflow software should you use? Major clouds have comparable offerings, but there is still the need for orchestrating cross-cloud applications. Zimine discusses LogicApps from Azure, Google’s Cloud Composer, Oracle’s Flow for FN, and StackStorm itself.

Party On

Forget the t-shirts, here’s Charmmie Hendon of Serverless Inc. with the serverless dress she designed.

On The Road


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