As far back as 2012 it was predicted that there would be big implications for the creation and distribution of software and applications in a serverless world. But transition over the following few years has been slow. In the previous few years, the world still seemed to revolve around around servers. And although colocation facilities have been handling many parts of the server environment, dealing with the security, power, internet, cooling, and capital expense has still required a great deal of time and detailed planning.
In just the past year, there has been a massive shift as developers have begun to leverage a limitless supply of virtual machines to fire up servers and load applications in just minutes. Gone are the days of deploying more server, network, and storage infrastructure than you actually need in case you need to scale up.
So why the sudden surge?
Microsoft has begun to report staggering numbers around Azure adoption spanning the spectrum from startups, to enterprises, to the public sector.
- 42 Azure regions (more than any other cloud provider)
- 90% of Fortune 500 companies using the Microsoft Cloud
- 120,000 new Azure customer subscriptions per month
- 62 compliance offerings (more than any other cloud provider)
Although Microsoft has been late to the cloud battle against Amazon Web Services (AWS), with recent developments around Elon Musk expressing appreciation to Microsoft for use of Azure cloud, and Wal-Mart asking vendors to get off Amazon’s Cloud it seems that Microsoft is firmly within, and gaining speed in the zero server architecture game.
Sure, some might suggest that the wave of cloud transformation is happening regardless of Microsoft’s influence and force, but when you add up the numbers the high-powered users, and throw in a Xbox and HoloLens leading the way for digital natives, there’s one thing for sure – Microsoft is definitely cool again.