Fugue Aims to Automate Serverless Computing

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    Looking to accelerate the arrival of a new age of “serverless computing” in the cloud, Fugue today unveiled a management framework designed from the ground up to unify the management of widely distributed IT infrastructure resources.

    Fugue CEO Josh Stella says the company’s namesake management platform is made up of two core components. The first is a Fugue Conductor orchestration engine that provides a common framework for executing IT policies across multiple application programming interfaces (APIs) exposed by a cloud service. The second is a Fugue Composition compiler that gives IT organizations the ability to define libraries representing various elements of IT infrastructure that can be holistically addressed using a compiled language.

    Based on the Haskell functional programming language that makes it simpler to create complex compilers and applications such as Fugue, Stella says, Fugue makes it possible to automate the management of cloud infrastructure using a declarative language that goes well beyond managing isolated stacks of applications and associated IT infrastructure.

    Fugue Aims to Advance Serverless Computing

    That capability, adds Stella, makes it more feasible to employ a serverless computing construct. In that model, physical servers don’t disappear. Rather, a microservices architecture based on containers is used to drive an event-driven framework that eliminates the need for developers to be concerned about how many resources might be available on any given specific server or associated storage system. Stella says this approach means it’s only a matter of time before the concept of managing stacks of application workloads will increasingly become obsolete as the management of the cloud becomes more automated by better identifying patterns.

    “We’re really just at the beginning of being able to identify patterns in the cloud,” says Stella.

    The end goal, says Stella, is to advance the concept of managing infrastructure as code well beyond any isolated set of IT infrastructure resources.

    Just how popular serverless computing will become remains to be seen. Many of the concepts being espoused by its advocates were first put forward in the form of remote procedure calls more than a decade ago. But like most things in the cloud, this would not be the first time an old concept was refurbished in a way that winds up advancing the overall state of enterprise computing.




    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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