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The New Stack Update

ISSUE 140: All Things Open 2018

Talk Talk Talk

“Kubernetes is the new application server.”

Rafael Benevides, Red Hat.
Add It Up
REST APIs; batch jobs or scheduled tasks; and business logic are the most common use cases for serverless architecture, according to 278 real serverless adopters surveyed by The New Stack. Many of these web applications have written-in logic that executes events such as sending an email or saving a record to a database. As a general rule, developers can see significant cost savings when there is unpredictable and intermittent demand for resources. Thus, although processing images may not be prevalent in most web applications, 16 percent of serverless adopters cited multimedia processing as one of their technical uses. Similarly, although most applications do not use IoT input sensors, 19 percent of respondents said this was one of their technical use cases.

With 60 percent saying business logic is one of their technical use cases, many developers will see themselves becoming more involved with enterprise architecture. Companies that cite business logic as a technical use are more likely to be working business productivity and consumer-facing applications. In fact, among those that use business logic, 43 percent expect to use Function-as-a-Serverless (FaaS) to deploy business applications like CRM or email. We doubt the focus on business logic will actually lead to an increased use of low code platforms that are easy for business analysts and managers to work with.

In fact, research by Evans Data shows that there is no dominant reason why developers would gravitate towards low code or no code development environments. Instead, at least for the short term, it is likely that developers have found a niche where their ability to use command-line programming will be invaluable to product, sales, and marketing teams’ increasingly event-driven applications in serverless architectures.

More data and analysis from our survey can be found in our “Guide to Serverless Technologies.”
What's Happening

What cloud native DevOps really means, as well as its future, was the main theme of this podcast, hosted by The New Stack Editor-in-Chief Alex Williams during The New Stack pancake breakfast held during Cloud Foundry Summit Europe 2018. Devin Davis, vice president, marketing, for the Cloud Foundry Foundation, served as the co-host. The panel consisted of the following guests:

  • Abby Kearns, executive director, the Cloud Foundry Foundation;
  • Chisara Nwabara, technical program manager, Pivotal Software;
  • Dieu Cao, director of product management, Pivotal Software;
  • Frederic Lardinois, analyst and journalist, TechCrunch;
  • Julian Friedman, the Cloud Foundry project lead, IBM.
Cutting Through the Daze and Confusion of Cloud Native DevOps

All Things Open 2018

We always have a good time at All Things Open, the open source conference held yearly in Raleigh, North Carolina. We like the mix of technologies covered. Of course, it is all about open source, but there you see just how much open source has permeated the entire field of software. It would be a disservice to call this conference a regional one — it has attracted international attendees and speakers. But at the same time its inexpensive admission cost gives many IT folks in the southeast part of the U.S. — both Red Hat and SAS are based in Raleigh for starters — a chance to share tips and war stories about open source, and gives us a chance to meet IT folks from the area we may not have otherwise have gotten to know.

And, as we said, the range of technologies covered at this event was excellent, from frontend web development to hardcore kernel debugging. Linux kernel developers crowded one room to hear Netflix’s Brendan Gregg — the creator of the heat map and one of the authors of DTrace — talk about the next big innovation in the Linux kernel, the Extended Berkeley Packet Filter, which is a small virtual machine in the kernel itself that will provide great new opportunities for monitoring. Clovyr founder Amber Baldet offered a sober assessment on how blockchain could be used for practical applications, and how they need to be much easier to use for developers, end-users and businesses alike. And the security team for Dow Jones, the media company behind the Wall Street Journal, discussed how they automated the security portion of their CI/CD pipeline.

We expect to have stories posted on all these topics on The New Stack shortly, so check it out.

Why Netflix Rolled Its Own Node.js Functions-as-a-Service Runtime

The New Stack spoke with Yunong Xiao, a software engineer at Netflix and design/architecture lead for the Netflix API Platform, about the company’s experience rolling their own in-house FaaS capabilities.

How to Set Up Your S3 Bucket with HTTPS in an Hour

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has great resources for issuing and using SSL certificates, but the process of migrating existing resources to HTTPS can be complex — and it can also require many intermediate steps. But as this tutorial from Stackery’s Toby Fee shows, you can get your S3 bucket set up in just an hour or two.

Madrona Invests in Pulumi to Unlock Cloud Native Engineering

Ex-Microsoft executive S. Somasegar has started a venture capital company, Madrona, and in this sponsored post, he discusses why one of the first investments was with Pulumi, which offers a multicloud deployment tool.

Party On

IBM’s Lin Sun is one of the core developers of the Istio service mesh, and shared some great insight into the software’s workings at the All Things Open conference.

Developer Elizabeth Joseph spoke in her presentation at All Things Open about how much easier automated services such as GitLab have made it for organizations to set up continuous delivery pipelines.

At all Things Open, Brandon Mathis was super-psyched about the launch of his new system design firm, GroundLift, and shared some great tips on getting started with Docker containers.

Clovyr’s Amber Baldet warned the All Thing Open 2018 attendees about not having a proper business plan around emerging blockchain technologies.

On The Road


KubeCon+CloudNativeCon China
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon is coming to China. Multicloud architectures across distributed platforms has led to a rich community of open source projects. Come learn how these new platforms are serving as the foundation for at-scale application development, deployment and management. 20% off with code KCCNCN18MED20. Register now!
Free Serverless Ebook
Experts and visionaries in distributed systems believe serverless technologies are the next evolution of application infrastructure beyond microservices. Leading edge companies have already embraced serverless and have dramatically reduced operational overhead and streamlined the DevOps cycle, while increasing scalability and resiliency. Still, there are many challenges to serverless adoption, such as operational control, complexity and monitoring.

The New Stack’s Guide to Serverless Technologies will help practitioners and business managers place these pros and cons into perspective by providing original research, context and insight around this quickly evolving technology. 
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