“I believe there is also a missing piece of the market for a Redis-style serverless offering, something that maybe even speaks Redis commands but under the hood is automatically distributed and scalable.”
I agree… thankfully, we all know something which can fill that hole!
FaaS is great at removing the management of the infrastructure. It feels like docker containers may be better in this integrated environment than stand alone.
However, most systems aren’t stateless and need storage and databases, which results in more traditional infrastructure being needed to host this need. SAFENetwork potentially fulfils this need and it seems very important for SAFENetwork to exist as a plugin replacement for this. It is one reason why I would like to add SAFENetwork to Spring Data on Java when we have Java libs.
Moreover, the work FaaS / serverless is doing plays straight into the long game that Maidsafe are working towards; distributed general purpose compute, to replace the likes of Amazon Lambda.
I have said being that pitching the platform could be a good win such as IaaS (infrastructure as a service). The idea that your app could just run somewhere on the network and store it’s data to your account is very powerful… you literally just feed in the app + SAFECoin and forget about the rest in this scenario.
IMO, people mostly don’t see this vision yet. They struggle to get beyond distributed file storage, but maidsafe are working towards giving us so much more. There is a long game unfolding here and we have the great vision of Maidsafe to thank. The world will catch up in the end!