The Rise of Dumb Servers

Webtasks is taking Microservices and Containers to the next level. For the uninitiated, a Webtask is a bundle of backend application logic (think Microservices) along with secrets (think data) necessary for its execution. It is cryptographically protected from tampering and disclosure and can be safely stored or passed through untrusted channels. Hence, Webtasks can be stored in GitHub. Now all you need is a cookie-cutter shell-of-a-container to run any type of Webtask. Given the power of client devices (yes, your smartphones) this upends the client-server model – a phenomenal change in my mind. Is Webtasks set to usher the age of Dumb Servers?! Share your comments below.

Follow this link for a great write-up on how it works from the fantastic folks who brought us Auth0: https://webtask.io/docs/how

Containerize Or Go Serverless?

As enterprises are looking to move to the cloud, there are two alternatives to consider, go Serverless or use Containers. The choice depends on many factors, but chief among them is the answer to the question: are you building from scratch or porting over existing applications with minimal change.

Serverless makes it easy for developers to build green field applications and not worry about software licenses, scaling, infrastructure management and governance. Whereas in containers these problems from the on-premise world lingers. Instead of VMs you have to manage containers. Given the momentum behind Serverless and the speed at which it allows functional requirements to be delivered without having to worry as much about NFRs, Serverless is an attractive option.