Cloudflare Serverless with Zack Bloom

“Serverless” is an execution model where applications are scheduled and deployed to servers that are not directly managed by the application developer. 

In serverless execution, an application only loads and operates when a user actually needs to get a response from that application. This saves on resources, because many applications do not need to run at all times–they only need to be available for user requests.

The serverless model was popularized by Amazon Web Services Lambda. When Lambda first launched in 2015, it was an experimental product. Today, it is a widely used product and the market has validated the desire for serverless execution. Other cloud providers have introduced different models of serverless functionality including Google Cloud Functions, Azure Functions, and Fastly edge computing.

Zack Bloom is director of product for product strategy at Cloudflare, and he joins the show to discuss Cloudflare’s model for serverless execution. Zack also discusses Cloudflare’s growing product line, including the fast, privacy-protecting DNS resolver Zack is a rare mix of engineering, business strategy, and product vision, which made for a great conversation.

For more content, you can check out our episodes about serverless technology and episodes about Cloudflare.

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