Serverless computing has blown up in the past 6 months and along with all the excitement is a lot of questions. I’ll attempt to address some of the questions and talk about the pros and cons of serverless.
We created Iron.io five years ago to solve the problems that serverless computing solves. In fact we built the company on this premise. We were trying to solve a problem we were having at our previous company, where we had to setup a DIY data processing system for each one of our customers, then manage and monitor all these servers. We wanted (needed!) a system that allowed us to write code that could crunch a lot of data and have that run on an as needed basis on a system where we wouldn’t have to think about or manage the servers. And we wanted to be able to use that same system for all of our clients and have it easily scale out to many more.
So like any self respecting engineers, we went ahead and solved our own problem and that solution became Iron.io. (more…)