Data on Demand: Blending data stream networks with serverless infrastructure

The average person isn’t inordinately patient when it comes to technology. We expect everything from messaging, logistics, gaming, and home automation apps to respond to our requests in real time. The second an app acts slightly sluggish, we’re quick to throw up our hands in frustration and delete it from our smartphone.

A data stream network (DSN) is a scalable infrastructure that provides a secure, always-on connection to a web, mobile, or Internet of Things device that...

Five advantages of serverless architecture for every app

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When Instagram launched in 2010, it was woefully underprepared to become the next rags-to-riches social media company.

In just six hours, skyrocketing traffic overwhelmed the single Los Angeles-based machine running Instagram’s back-end. Likening it to open-heart surgery, co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom were forced to perform an emergency migration from the local server to Amazon’s EC2 cloud service....