How has the recent turmoil within the OpenAI offices changed your plans to use GPT in a business process or product in 2024?
Increased uncertainty means we are more likely to evaluate alternative AI chatbots and LLMs.
No change in plans, though we will keep an eye on the situation.
With Sam Altman back in charge, we are more likely to go all-in with GPT and LLMs.
What recent turmoil?

This Week in Numbers: Serverless Now Rivals VMs Delivered as a Service

Mar 31st, 2018 9:00am by
Featued image for: This Week in Numbers: Serverless Now Rivals VMs Delivered as a Service

Remember when cloud computing meant paying to spin up a virtual machine (VM) instance? Use of VM infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has consistently dropped among backend developers according to surveys conducted by SlashData. In the first quarter of 2018, only 20 percent of these developers utilized an on-demand VM service, down from 46 percent in the third quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, 19 percent of backend developers have adopted serverless computing platforms. While that may seem high, it is actually a modest figure compared to serverless survey data we have previously reported.

Readers should be aware that I was a co-author of the Slashdata Q3 2017 report. Only publicly available data is referenced in this analysis.

Although VM IaaS as service is declining in use that does not necessarily mean the number of VM deployed has decreased. Instead, it can be said that the balance of developer attention is tipping towards containers-as-a-service (CaaS), on-demand containers and serverless as recently described in Twistlock’s continuum of cloud-native topologies post for The New Stack. In the graphic below, on-demand containers refers to services like AWS Fargate or Azure Container Services.

Further investigation is needed to determine whether bare metal, VMs or containers are the infrastructure directly underneath the compute abstraction that developers focus on.

FaaS as Part of the Cloud Provider Portfolio

As cloud providers move beyond VMs, they have become more of a platform unto themselves, offering a portfolio that also includes on-demand containers and functions as a service (FaaS). Backend developers that use serverless platforms were asked about specific serverless computing platforms they use or were aware of. Unsurprisingly, the leaders’ positioning mirrored that of the larger cloud market. Forty-four percent use AWS Lambda, with 25 percent using Azure Functions and 24 percent using Google Cloud Functions.

Twistlock is a sponsor of The New Stack.

Feature image via Pixabay.

Group Created with Sketch.
TNS owner Insight Partners is an investor in: The New Stack.
THE NEW STACK UPDATE A newsletter digest of the week’s most important stories & analyses.