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Meet PubNub – The Startup That Brought Serverless Computing To The Edge

Though we are living an extremely connected world, it is always challenging for developers to build fully-connected applications. Ask any mobile or IoT developer, and he would say that his number one problem is low-latency communication. PubNub, the San Francisco-based company, is set out to solve the connectivity problem for developers.

PubNub was started in 2010 by Stephen Blum and Todd Greene with a vision to develop a streaming network for developers to build realtime apps as easily as building a web page. Today, the PubNub Data Streaming Network (DSN) is available in more than 15 Points of Presence across the world enabling developers to build connected applications and services.

As a developer, I was impressed when I first encountered PubNub. What instantly hit me was the fact that I could connect two Raspberry Pi devices with no server running in the cloud. With less than ten lines of code, I could easily connect both ends. There are 70+ SDKs from PubNub covering the popular languages and platforms including JavaScript, .NET, Java, Python, and Swift. Any developer can get up and running with PubNub messaging in no time.

To understand the power of PubNub, think of it as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) but for streams. PubNub is to streams what Akamai is to static content. Every message published to PubNub DNS will be delivered across 15 locations covering Asia, Europe, and Americas. Backed by 99.999% SLA, these messages are guaranteed to be delivered within 250ms anywhere in the world. That means a user in Sao Paulo can get an alert within milliseconds of sending the message from Tokyo. Developers are leveraging this edge service in developing innovative applications ranging from chat, multi-player gaming, VoIP and IoT solutions.

Read the entire article at Forbes

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.

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