IDG Contributor Network: Twilio jumps on the serverless bandwagon

News from the second day of Twilio’s annual developer conference, Signal. While yesterday’s big news focused around end-user functionality (in particular speech recognition and understanding), today’s news is more down in the weeds but no less important for a company at the cutting edge of the developer experience.

You see developers are, by nature, tinkerers and like to experiment with new stuff. Sometimes this is simply professional interest, but often it’s because of an almost pathological desire to do things effectively, efficiently and elegantly. A case in point is the current developer move towards serverless technologies. First commercialized by Amazon Web Services (AWS) with its Lambda product, but now matched by offerings from the other cloud vendors, serverless approaches mean that developers don’t need to set up servers to run their applications, they can simply rely on setting triggers, logical steps and the cloud vendor takes over the rest.

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Amazon Web Services jumps on Spark bandwagon

Amazon Web Services’ EMR (Elastic MapReduce) service has been upgraded to handle Spark applications, giving enterprises that want to use the increasingly popular processing engine a way to do so without building their own infrastructure.

Apache Spark is an open-source distributed processing engine used for big data workloads. It’s a good fit for batch processing, streaming, graph databases and machine learning thanks to in-memory caching and optimized execution for fast performance, according to Amazon.

EMR supports Spark version 1.3.1 and utilizes Hadoop YARN as the cluster manager. Running Spark on top of EMR has been possible before, but the integrated support should make using the engine more straightforward. IT staff can create a cluster from the AWS Management Console, for example. Spark applications developed using Scala, Python, Java, and SQL can all run on EMR.

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