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Scalable Cloud Ops with Fugue by Josha Stella

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Cloud Services Are Hardware Under APIs

In the mental model of the cloud as a distributed, general-purpose computer, each cloud service is akin to a hardware interface in traditional computing. Just as those were abstracted and managed by an operating system and a programming language, so cloud services can be abstracted and managed. For example, networking in the cloud is usually handled by a collection of software-defined network services, such as virtual networks, inbound and outbound port and protocol rules, and load balancers. This is a familiar set of virtualized services, but it’s ripe for being abstracted into much simpler use patterns as we are no longer constrained by the limitations of hardware. When composing an application of services, ...

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