Cumulonimbus Cloud over Africa
Cumulonimbus Cloud over Africa (source: NASA/ISS 16 on Wikimedia Commons)

In this episode of the O’Reilly Programming Podcast, I talk serverless architecture with Mike Roberts, engineering leader and co-founder of Symphonia, a serverless and cloud architecture consultancy. Roberts will give two presentations—Serverless Architectures: What, Why, Why Not, and Where Next? and Designing Serverless AWS Applications—at the O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference, October 16-19, 2017, in London.

Discussion points:

  • Why Roberts calls serverless “the next evolution of cloud systems,” as individual process deployment and the resource allocation of servers are increasingly outsourced to vendors
  • How serverless architectures use backend-as-a-service (BaaS) products and functions-as-a-service (FaaS) platforms
  • The similarities and differences between a serverless architecture and microservices, and how microservices ideas can be applied to serverless
  • Roberts explains that serverless is “not an all-or-nothing approach,” and that often “the best architecture for a company is going to be a hybrid architecture between serverless and non-serverless technologies.”
  • Recent advances in serverless tooling, including progress in distributed system monitoring tools, such as Amazon’s X-Ray

We also get a preview of JupyterCon, August 22-25, 2017, in New York, from conference co-chair Fernando Perez. Our discussion highlights the sessions on JupyterLab, and the UC Berkeley Data Science program, an introductory-level course in which the students use Jupyter Notebooks.

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