Cloud is the future, serverless is the way to go

I’ve been hosting production workloads on Amazon Web Services for over 5 years now, and am also hosting production workloads on Azure and Google Cloud as well.

There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for containerisation, and many are loving on kubernetes and docker. But this seems to merely be a cul de sac on the road to a serverless future.

There is a real opportunity to leap frog a generation of data centre and container technologies and deliver real value to the business. Many cite vendor lock in refutation of serverless. However, I have found the switching costs between cloud vendors to be minimal (but perhaps that depends upon the quality of one’s team?)

Of course, there are servers somewhere, but I no longer need to be concerned with them, they are always patched and available across multiple high availability zones. This means that I get to spend more of my budget on delivering value for the business rather than on ensuring we won’t get hacked because someone didn’t patch a server.

This serverless future must seem quite terrifying to the folks who have tended to the blinky lights on the machines all of their life. But if they do not embrace this future they will be displaced, because cloud is the future (unless, of course, there is some kind of global catastrophe – in which case we all have bigger problems).

 

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.