How serverless changes application development

Serverless software architectures have generated a lot of interest. How much interest? Like, 2000 people at a conference breakout session —that level of interest. The photo below shows Datadog devops evangelist Matt Williams delivering a session about Lambda at AWS re:Invent last December. The jam-packed venue was originally designed to house “Phantom of the Opera.”

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I’ve been going to tech conferences for 25 years, and I have never been to a breakout that required a mezzanine before. Serverless is catching like wildfire.

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AWS September roundup: EC2 changes, new France region, and more

Amazon has updated its cloud platform with a handful of quality-of-life changes, plus some major tweaks to how it handles Reserved Instances. Here’s the rundown:

Major changes to EC2 Reserved Instances

One of the ways for customers to get discounts on compute capacity with Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud is to sign up for Reserved Instances. Then they pay a set amount of money for the benefit of getting deep discounts on compute. Amazon introduced the concept eight years ago and it has been an important part of the company’s cloud offering since. Now, it’s making some big changes.

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Cumulus changes CEO

Linux network operating system vendor Cumulus Networks this week named a new CEO while its current CEO and co-founder takes over as CTO.

Josh Leslie, formerly Cumulus vice president of sales, takes over for founder JR Rivers. Rivers becomes CTO, and says transition was his idea with board approval.

Current CTO and co-founder Nolan Leake will still be involved in the company’s technical direction, working with Rivers, Rivers said.

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Why data in the cloud changes everything

In my conversations this week as a moderator at the Structure Data conference, it was clear that some companies are stretching the boundaries of using data in the cloud.

But what patterns are emerging in the use of data in the cloud?

First, we’ve only starting to see the value of data. Now that we’re breaking down silos, we can view our data in more meaningful ways.

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The cloud changes IT culture, demands new tech skills

As enterprises are moving to the cloud, it’s changing a whole lot more than just where companies’ data and services are sitting.

The emergence of the cloud is heralding a shift in the skills that IT workers need and the jobs they are doing. It’s changing the entire culture inside IT departments.

“The cloud is part of the evolution of IT,” said Mike Chapple, senior director for IT service delivery at the University of Notre Dame. “People can’t be living in one particular technical silo anymore.”

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