Serverless technology is the way for developers to develop applications without having to think about hardware limitations. So far, however, serverless can only be used for functional programming, but CloudState wants to break this barrier.

CloudState is an open source project by Lightbend that should offer developers more than just functions in terms of serverlessness. Lightbend-CTO Jonas Bonér: “I think that sometimes people do not distinguish between serverless and Function as a Service. I think that actually means that the technology is a bit lacking. What really adds value to serverless is a completely new developer experience, trying to automate as much as possible.”

Bonér says that customers are looking for a complete serverless platform, instead of just certain parts of programs. “Many people say they have a certain use case for the current state of serverless and Function as a Service, but part of their application doesn’t really work there.”

Supplement to functional programming

CoudState therefore needs to complement functional programming, using technologies such as KNative. Serverless and containerisation are combined with KNative. Also gRPC, Akke Cluster and GraalVM on Kubernetes will be used.

Much more is not yet known about the project, but Bonér states that the broad outlines are now on paper. In any case, the ultimate goal is to create a broader vision on serverless. In an ideal world, developers can then write code without having to think about the hardware that will run the code.

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