Is Serverless the New Mainframe?

A few years ago at the DevNexus developers conference in Atlanta, I was chatting with a few former colleagues over dinner. As an avid fan of the HBO show Silicon Valley, as well as a technologist impressed with the rise of serverless technologies, I jokingly said we should “build the Box“—i.e., a serverless appliance not […]

Top Takeaways from KubeCon + CloudNativeCon

The Emerald City played host to the North American edition of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018, bringing together technologists eager to share their knowledge of Kubernetes and Cloud Native topics. The event, hosted by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), sold out over a month before it opened, a strong sign of growing interest in all […]

Why Idempotency and Ephemerality Matter in a Cloud-Native World

The first time I heard “idempotent” and “ephemeral,” I had no idea what they meant. Perhaps I should have, though, because idempotent and ephemeral patterns are not new to the computing world. In mathematics and computer science, idempotence is a property in which no matter how many times you execute some operations, you achieve the […]

Why APM Matters in AWS Lambda and Serverless

In the last few years, we’ve heard a lot of buzz about cloud strategies. Although it has become something of a buzzword in broader circles, from a technical perspective, the purposes of “cloud” can be boiled down into two objectives: Actively manage as little infrastructure as possible Facilitate change within applications as much as possible From […]