When new technologies emerge, people first adopt them because of the value they bring. If this value is proven, it will be the magic moment of "crossing the chasm" : when a technology jumps through proven commercial value to widespread adoption and becomes mainstream.
However, some technologies are also moving forward, and it is necessary to move from existence to mainstream.
These pattern shifting techniques are something that almost every enterprise needs to adopt in order to survive. For example, when relational databases were developed in the 1970s, it was possible to use personal computers to quickly and easily store and retrieve large amounts of information or graphical interfaces (along with word processing and spreadsheet software), and it quickly grew to the point where it was difficult to do business without data. The rise of the Internet gave people email and e-commerce and eventually mobile computing on mobile devices.
All of these advances have occurred in just a few decades. But if you look at all of this, one clue becomes clear: the modern world is made up of the applications that make it possible.
Over time, new applications, from SQL databases to native mobile applications, will need a new architecture to truly deliver on their promise: cloud computing. Of course, cloud computing is not only proving its business value, but even large enterprises are widely embracing digital transformation and computing as a necessity for survival and growth. Unfortunately, cloud native architectures are difficult to implement due to the inherent complexity of distributed systems, and only enterprises with deep technical talent can truly realize their maximum potential.
However, dealing with every problem requires a solution, so people find themselves in the midst of a new transition. Serverless computing has become the next evolution of cloud native logic -- the ultimate delivery based on cloud, container, and microservice architecture principles.
Serverless allows an enterprise to transfer complex operational responsibilities (such as server or cluster configuration, patching, system maintenance, and capacity management) to its public cloud provider (or multiple cloud providers, as serverless also eliminates the complexity of multi-cloud and hybrid deployments). Serverless is a better way to consume, allowing developers to build scalable and reliable systems more quickly and easily than using a server-based architecture. The ability to improve agility and shorten time to market brings real business value, which in turn brings real value to serverless: driving innovation.
How does serverless drive innovation?
Serverless computing enables technology teams to spend more time innovating by eliminating or automating tedious but necessary IT work. As DevOps teams are freed from the heavy workload, businesses can quickly prototype and try out new products or services, then quickly adapt to market response.
Simple as a service: Serverless gives enterprises the opportunity to automate complex cognitive tasks such as configuration, capacity prediction, configuration, updating, security, networking, and so on. This democratizes cloud computing by opening the door to small and medium enterprises with small and medium technology teams.
Native connectivity: Companies used to make money from products, but today they make money from platforms -- because that's how they connect an ecosystem of applications and services to an ecosystem of users. The future now belongs to those that can expand and deepen their connections. Serverless is a natural architecture for efficient connectivity because it is a cluster of features that communicate and perform almost instantaneously.
Live systems: No server supports live systems: build features quickly, bring them to market, get immediate customer feedback, and provide more feature innovations and improvements based on that feedback. With serverless functionality and integration integrated into the cloud platform, developers can use continuous delivery (CD) to deliver new releases daily, even multiple times.
Experimental: Serverless simplicity, connectivity, and dynamic responsiveness combine with the most critical of all serverless advantages: experimental. When trying out new ideas and exploring intuition is easy, fast, and inexpensive (in terms of time and cost), teams can investigate the likelihood of success. They can quickly abandon thoughts of failure and move in promising directions. Innovation will be dynamic, risk-free and, most importantly, internal.
With the rise of serverless and other code-free solutions, people are beginning to see the rise of a new professional hybrid: developer-entrepreneur. By abstracting the operation of a powerful but complex infrastructure, serverless creates space for a community of innovative engineers who can test, experiment, and publish ideas at almost no cost. It can also be predicted in the opposite direction: entrepreneurs-developers whose innovative ideas are no longer hindered by a lack of coding experience. Either way, self-development takes on new meaning and opens up more possibilities for investing in and accelerating innovation in the future.
Serverless is a great way to consume, but so far, companies have focused on the execution side of serverless. All products, such as AWS Lambda or Google Cloud Run or Fargate, allow enterprises to put application logic in the Cloud and have Cloud providers Run and extend it for the enterprise. Everyone understands that cloud computing infrastructure is pretty much the best bet.
But at the same time, people often seem to forget about databases -- the data on which all these applications depend. Even as the need for global connectivity continues to evolve, many enterprises still rely on self-hosted legacy database solutions and have moved their complex infrastructure to cloud procurement.
Fewer companies are building their own proprietary data. It doesn't make sense for an enterprise to build or operate and maintain a distributed database when a dedicated cloud-native database provider can provide a solution for the enterprise. Companies must act if they want to remain competitive in the vertical.
Data can power everything people do, and people are in the midst of a data revolution. Serverless database unlocks unlimited data and infrastructure, and finally uses it correctly. So as more and more enterprises realize that while the rest of their stack may be cloud native, their databases have been held back, people are seeing more and more serverless databases taken over.
All true serverless applications offer the same benefits: abstract and automated operations, consumption-based billing, resilient scale, built-in resilience, and fault tolerance. All databases are ultimately just applications, and a true serverless database must provide three additional capabilities: distributed architecture, global scale, and simple SQL apis in the cloud.
Putting all these pieces together, one understands that databases are becoming the next generation of databases: familiar databases delivered as services that eliminate operations and reduce costs to the transactions consumed by their applications and the amount of storage required, while ensuring consistency and resiliency. With all of these factors easy to implement and almost guaranteed to implement, how will the business of the future satisfy impatient, insatiable consumer demand?
The serverless future
The serverless "magic moment" is just around the corner. Serverless computing is fast becoming the next big thing, or perhaps just the logical and supreme implementation of the cloud native model. Either way, you can see it happening in real time, as developers and architects, through their choices and actions, establish the serverless model as the primary abstraction for enterprise software and services.
There is no way to predict the next paradigm shift, or how Fortune 500 companies will evolve in the future: what will they look like, what will they be built on? But what people do know is that the challenges and opportunities ahead will be different.
Whatever the future holds, there is only one way to ensure survival: companies evolve with changing and unpredictable technological and business realities. This means being able to iterate quickly, combine real-time customer feedback, respond dynamically by doing experiments cheaply and easily, and move forward with effective PoC.
In these chaotic times, the only viable strategy is adaptation. The ability to innovate is essential to enterprise survival, and serverless can help make innovation a part of everyday business.