Gitlab's serverless announcement isn't about serverless at all. It's about serverless allowing Gitlab to cover more of the development cycle.

Have a look at this week's Cold Start newsletter from ServerlessOps! Each week we bring commentary and links from around the serverless ecosystem. Plus, you'll also find out about the latest we've been up to as well.

Hi there,

Gitlab Serverless... The Important Part

Gitlab announces their serverless feature. It's serverless... That requires you to be running servers and operating a Kubernetes platform.

Let's ignore that for now because I think the Gitlab announcement, along with Github Actions, and more happening in the tech space represent a trend. Once single purpose tools are becoming integrated platforms. Picture your entire engineering workflow living in a single platform where you plan your work, develop and store your code, and deploy it to waiting infrastructure.

It might be Kubernetes today, but picture tomorrow where you use a single platform to generate ideas, build them, and finally deploy... And where infrastructure is not a concern in the process and you don't spend your cycles on it. We've been saying this for awhile, it's not serverless the technology that's important, it's how serverless allows us to change the way in which we work.

Tuesday Delivery Experiment

Just a reminder we're still experimenting with day and time of this email. We'll be arriving on Tuesday mornings for at least the next few weeks.

This Week's Links

In this week's edition of Cold Start we have links on:

  • Reducing the cost of API calls
  • Security considerations of Lambda layers
  • The business case for serverless
  • Nested applications in Serverless Application Repository
  • and more...


I'm Tom from ServerlessOps and we provide a range of services around DevOps transformation, AWS migration, serverless training, and startup cloud operations. See our services to learn more.

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Tom at ServerlessOps

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