Serverless development is still a new concept among mainstream software developers, many of whom are still wrapping their heads around containers. But there is a ton of interest in the technology among the biggest players in cloud computing, and Stackery is getting its management console ready for a surge in serverless development.
Stackery, based in Portland, is ready to release the 1.0 version of its Serverless Operations Console, which will run atop Amazon Web Services accounts and help developers deploy and monitor serverless applications that use AWS Lambda. The console is designed to provide a overarching view of event-driven applications, which can grow quite complex as developers start to realize how much they can do with lightweight serverless development techniques.
Severless, a name that somehow manages to be both apt and misleading, is an emerging technology that lets developers design their applications around events, which trigger certain functions depending on how they are configured without requiring the developer to deal with the underlying hardware. It has a lot of promise for apps that encounter unexpected spikes in demand and for cloud computing budgets, since it can only require seconds of computing time compared to minutes or hours needed to run other jobs.
“We’re seeing broad serverless adoption in segments that you wouldn’t traditionally connect with the cutting-edge engineering trends,” said Nate Taggart, co-founder and CEO of Stackery. That includes engineering backwaters like the media and logistics industries, which tended to be more conservative about modernizing their tech approaches over the last ten years but know they need to upgrade: “if the last time you looked at architecture planning was eight years ago, you’re due for a refresh,” he said.
Stackery’s console lets AWS users log into a dashboard that helps them create, deploy, and monitor serverless applications. The company is in talks with Microsoft Azure — which has been fairly aggressive in embracing serverless technology after Amazon first released Lambda in 2014 — and is also talking with companies who are running private clouds about using the technology, Taggart said.
Right now, companies that are embracing serverless technology have been forced to either build their own monitoring tools or try and shoehorn existing tools into serverless roles, Taggart said. Voyager Capital led a $1.75 million funding round betting on Stackery’s technology earlier this year, and Taggart said the company plans to expand from its current headcount of five engineers to eight by the end of the year.
Taggart and co-founder Chase Douglas were early employees at New Relic, which operates a sizable engineering center in downtown Portland. They recently convinced Sam Goldstein, a New Relic veteran who was leading that company’s internal infrastructure team, to join the company as director of engineering.