Serverless launched a beta version of its platform targeted at operationalizing serverless deployments. It joins a number of recent moves into the space by vendors looking to help organizations avoid serverless platform lock-in. The company also scored $10 million in Series A funding to boost operations.
The aptly-named Serverless Platform includes three previously launched components now under one banner: a framework for building, a dashboard for operating, and a gateway for integration. They are designed to work across serverless platforms from cloud providers Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, and Google.
The framework component was established to leverage cloud infrastructure for auto-scaling of function needs. This feeds into one of the central tenants of serverless computing in only being charged for actual consumption.
The Serverless Framework provides a command line interface (CLI) to build and deploy applications with a consistent experience to any cloud platform. It automatically configures cloud vendor settings based on language used for the application and cloud being used.
The dashboard component provides an architectural view of serverless applications; exposes logs for metrics, alarms, and debugging; and supports development collaboration. It’s also vendor agnostic and can work across multiple cloud providers.
Finally, the platform’s gateway component acts as an event router that can transport data to serverless functions and other services across clouds. This allows enterprises to integrate serverless functions into their existing cloud services. Those events can be tracked in the dashboard using a hosted model from serverless or via an already established AWS account.
Supporting this expansion is the $10 million in funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Trinity Ventures. The latter also participated in Serverless’ $3 million seed round, while the former led Israel-based serverless performance monitoring company Epsagon’s recent $4.1 million seed funding round.
Serverless CEO and Founder Austen Collins wrote in a blog post that the company will use the funds to “expand active development on the Serverless Platform.”
Join the Party
Serverless is one of a growing number of vendors looking to ease serverless deployments across cloud platforms and allow organizations to avoid being locked into a single cloud provider.
Pulumi in June launched a platform designed to allow developers and DevOps teams to build and manage containers, serverless, and infrastructure using a consistent approach. The platform is multi-language, multi-cloud, and fully extensible.
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is also attempting to bridge the serverless deployment gap with its CloudEvents initiative. That program sprang from CNCF’s Serverless Working Group, which was established in 2016. It provides a common platform for developers to describe serverless events, which are what trigger serverless-based applications.
And Google just last week unveiled the Knative platform that it developed with Pivotal, IBM, Red Hat, and SAP. Knative is an open source set of components that allows for the building and deployment of container-based serverless applications that can be transported between cloud providers.
All these efforts are coming at a time when serverless interest is escalating. RightScale, which offers a hybrid cloud management platform, noted in a recent survey that serverless was the fastest growing cloud service. Use surged 75 percent year over year from being used by 12 percent of those surveyed in 2017 to 21 percent of those surveyed earlier this year.