Top-9 Articles and Videos on Serverless Computing #HJpicks

Every week, the editorial staff is publishing a special selection of editorial pieces on a certain topic or trend. The editor’s picks are being marked as #HJPICKS on our social media channels. This week we’re providing you with a Top-10 list of the most interesting news articles and videos on serverless computing.

AWS Announces Availability of Its “Built-for-the-Cloud” Database Amazon Aurora Serverless

August 2018 – Amazon Aurora Serverless, a new deployment option for Amazon Aurora that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down database capacity with per-second billing for applications with less predictable usage patterns, is now generally available. Amazon Aurora Serverless would offer database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any servers. Read further.

Raju Gulabani“With the general availability of Aurora Serverless, we now make it more cost effective for our customers to run intermittent or cyclical workloads that have less predictable usage patterns such as development and test workloads or applications that experience seasonal spikes, making Aurora even more attractive for every imaginable workload,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning, at Amazon Web Services (AWS).


Rapid Development – Why Serverless First Is Like Building with Lego

August 2018 – In this presentation, Adrian Cockcroft – VP Cloud Architecture Strategy – talks about fast development using serverless first design patterns and the analogy of building a custom model from raw materials vs. assembling a LEGO model kit. Watch this VIDEO on

KONE runs 24/7 predictive maintenance with IBM AI and serverless tech

July 2018 – VIDEO – As a listed company and a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. In 2017, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 8.9 billion, and at the end of the year over 55,000 employees.

Relying on Watson IoT, IBM Cloud Functions and Message Hub to make actionable maintenance predictions, KONE would keep its promise of around-the-clock availability to customers of its elevators, escalators, auto-walks and doors. Watch this VIDEO on

Serverless Data Warehouses Powered by Google Cloud Platform (Cloud Next ’18)

July 2018 – VIDEO – Topmost challenges that data warehouses have faced over the years are coping with storage requirements for ever-growing data and increased demand for compute to process this data.

Google Cloud Platform has enabled creation of a completely serverless, scalable, flexible, and resilient data warehouse at Vuclip. See in this VIDEO how various GCP products are selected for various use cases: from managing tables and managing real time data ingestion to creating data marts and enterprise data warehouses. Understand how to put governance and security around your data and manage access for various consumer teams. Optimize your costs by maintaining life cycles of different environments. Watch this VIDEO on

Serverless Computing Solutions Company Stackery Raises $5.5 Million in Funding

April 2018 – Stackery, a provider of serverless computing solutions including release automation, governance, observability, and operational control over serverless applications and infrastructure, has raised $5.5 million in additional funding. The company from Portland Oregon has now raised a total of more than $7.3 million since its founding in November 2016. Read further.

Nate Staggart“Counter-intuitively, serverless adoption is an enterprise-first technology with broad demand among main street enterprise, as opposed to the Silicon Valley technology firms you might expect. These organizations are in the midst of a massive migration to the cloud and are looking to modernize on the best technology to drive their infrastructure strategy. As they move to the cloud, and embrace DevOps, and introduce new microservices into their architecture, they’re increasingly finding that serverless drives the best velocity for their initiatives. We’re committed to helping these world-class companies find success in their serverless adoption,” said Nate Taggart, CEO of Stackery.

Oracle Open Sources Kubernetes Tools for Serverless Deployment

December 2017 – Oracle is now open sourcing the Fn project Kubernetes Installer and Global Multi-Cluster Management, two projects designed to help developers build the “next generation” of container native applications leveraging Kubernetes. It allows developers to leverage serverless capabilities on any Kubernetes environment, including within Oracle‘s new managed Kubernetes service, Oracle Container Engine Cloud Service. Read further.

Mark Cavage“There continue to be significant concerns by developers looking into serverless development that cloud providers are leading them into a lock-in situation and away from industry standards. The Oracle Container Native Application Development Platform, along with the new tools introduced today, are built on top of Kubernetes and provide an open source based, community-driven, and thus, cloud-neutral, integrated container native technology stack that prevents cloud lock-in while enabling the flexibility of true hybrid and multi-cloud deployments,” said Mark Cavage, vice president of software development, Oracle.

AWS re:Invent 2017: Serverless Architectural Patterns and Best Practices (ARC401)

November 2017 – VIDEO – This webinar on describes reusable serverless patterns while considering costs. For each pattern, AWS provides operational and security best practices and discusses potential pitfalls and nuances. They also discuss the considerations for moving an existing server-based workload to a serverless architecture.

The patterns use services like AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon Kinesis Streams, Amazon Kinesis Analytics, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon S3, AWS Step Functions, AWS Config, AWS X-Ray, and Amazon Athena. This session can help you recognize candidates for serverless architectures in your own organizations and understand areas of potential savings and increased agility.

451 Research: Serverless Computing Usually Cheaper than Virtual Machines and Containers

June 2017 – 451 Research has found that, for the majority of new applications, serverless computing offers a lower cost of ownership (TCO) than virtual machines (VMs) and containers. Serverless computing is the ability to execute code on demand, with no need to provision the underlying infrastructure, and it caught on when AWS launched Lambda in 2014. IBM’s Bluemix and Google soon followed, with Microsoft the most recent hyperscaler to enter the market. Read further.

Owen Rogers“Serverless is more than just hype; it has the potential to transform the way we develop, build and run applications in the cloud. Understanding the economics of serverless technology is vital to understanding its potential to disrupt the industry. Freemium serverless offerings from the four big cloud providers are already fueling the growth of serverless services by stimulating experimentation and helping enterprises gain skills. This could lead serverless to be the next cloud price war battleground,” said Owen Rogers, research director, Digital Economics Unit, 451 Research.

Webinar: Serverless data warehousing: scaling to a petabyte [EMEA]

January 2017 – VIDEO – The promise of big data would be faster and better insight into your business. Yet, as data sizes grow and new sources of data get added, it becomes harder for your data warehouse to keep up.

Google BigQuery’s serverless architecture would ensure that your data warehouse withstands growth at any scale. In this webinar, Chad Jennings and Dan McClary, Product Managers for BigQuery at Google Cloud put it to the test by performing interactive analytics against a 1 PB dataset. Watch this VIDEO on

Every week, the editorial staff is publishing a special selection of editorial pieces on a certain topic or trend.
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