What You Need to Know About the Serverless Future

Howard Abrams

This edition of Software Confidential is by Howard Abrams, a Senior Vice President at CA Technologies, responsible for CA's internal new business accelerator based in Silicon Valley. Howard holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School as well as a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle University.

The Power of Severless Infrastructure.

A range of cloud-based technologies now make it possible to run applications on an essentially serverless infrastructure. This approach can help enterprises build highly-scalable, highly-available applications that do not require management of any physical, or even virtual, machines. A simple app could require only a few lines of code and testing and deployment would be incredibly simple.

The Limits of Serverlessness.

Serverless computing is still very much an emerging paradigm and—as such—it has significant limitations. For example, debugging applications in a serverless environment can be unusually challenging. Also, it can make an enterprise too dependent the specific cloud-based services it uses to build its serverless application infrastructure, leading to vendor lock-in

New Tools for the Serverless Future.

To address the limitations of organizations should be able to draw from a range of cloud-based services from a variety of vendors that could communicate via shared protocols and open APIs. This would allow enterprises to avoid the dangers of vendor lock-in and utilize the widest possible array of tools.

By Howard Abrams | 21 Feb 2018