GitLab Goes Serverless
Written by Nikos Vaggalis   
Thursday, 27 December 2018

GitLab adds to the competition among cloud services providers with its own FaaS solution. 


Functions-as-a-service (FaaS) is a pit where the big names collide.It is the future of enterprise computing as the cloud provider handles the underlying infrastructure, letting the client focus on its core business of
designing applications.

What's even more alluring to this Serverless scheme, is that applications are broken down into microservices where the code assumes the shape of stand alone functions which charge the client only when fired and not when sitting idle, thus much reducing the operational cost.

In a landscape dominated by Amazon with AWS Lambda and Microsoft with Azure Functions, it's no wonder that the biggest
issue with Serverless despite its advantages is the vendor lock-in.Gitlab's answer, as well as pitch, is that it can deploy your functions on to any cloud provider, therefore, handing out flexibility.

This flexibility is possible due to Gitlab's leveraging Google's Knative which enables deploying and auto-scaling serverless workloads on Kubernetes on any supporting cloud platform.

Apart from "installing Knative to your cluster with a single click using the GitLab Kubernetes integration", Gitlab goes one step further by integrating the deployment of the code to the cloud into the developer's established workflow of the entire CI/CD Pipeline.

These Serverless capabilities are included as an alpha offering in GitLab's release 11.6 of December 22nd. Users will notice a new tab on their Gitlab UI called "Serverless" under the Operations menu item in the sidebar.


More Information

Announcing GitLab Serverless


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