December 11, 2018

Pivotal unveils multi-cloud serverless platform ‘Pivotal Function Sercice’

The platform seeks to eradicate the need to run functions depending on infrastructure by simplifying operational efficiencies.

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Pivotal have unveiled a multi-cloud serverless platform called Pivotal Function Service that is based on Kubernetes and built on the RIFF function as a service platform. With this launch, Pivotal claim that they will be entering into the serverless computing market with an open platform that reduces workloads on developers, giving them a simplified experience.

According to Pivotal, enterprises deploying cloud often face obstacles with respect to operational efficiencies since developers need to maintain the underlying infrastructure time and again to run functions. They say these functions are extremely critical since it allows developers to execute a small slice of code in response to an event, called as a trigger.

By launching their Function Service, Pivotal claim that enterprises will be able to cut down in operational wastages and reduce infrastructural costs in the long run. They say that by leveraging the serverless platform, developers can apply functions to cloud computing to allow automated event-based scheduling and scaling.

Speaking about the functional advantage, Pivotal claim that the serverless platform is built on the RIFF function that runs on-premise and in the cloud if triggered by events. They say that this function supports IoT, machine learning, event-based integration, web events and multiple languages.

Onsi Fakhouri, Senior Vice President for Cloud R&D at Pivotal, claims that since the serverless platform is Kubernetes-based, it allows developers to build containers with the help on Knative, a set of components used to build applications. He also says that PFS is a huge benefit for enterprises and developers since it is open, event-oriented and developer-centric, which allows enterprises to scale up or down in minutes.

Market analysts say that the serverless platform is a boon to developers in the wake of applications that help them cut operational inefficacies. It will be interesting to see how Pivotal makes the most of this, following the integration of NetApp and RedHat for Kubernetes.

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