Cloudflare releases tools and database integrations for serverless development

Cloudflare today announced new tools and integrations for building applications on its serverless computer platform, Cloudflare Workers.

The company also unveiled a partnership with database tool maker Prisma that allows developers to connect Cloudflare Workers to databases such as MySQL, Prisma and Postgres, as well as NoSQL databases such as MongoDB, FaunaDB and any database that connects over HTTP, such as DynamoDB, Firebase and AWS Aurora.

“The promise of serverless computing is its simplicity,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “That’s why these new tools and partnerships are based on our belief that every developer in the world should be able to connect their data to build any application on Cloudflare, period.”

Make serverless computing available

While many organizations use serverless computer solutions, these have often required users to spend a significant amount of time configuring and managing infrastructure and databases, a challenge that Cloudflare hopes to address by enabling users to connect directly to databases and quickly migrate data.

According to Reports and Data, the serverless computer market is expected to reach $ 25.49 billion by 2026. Since Cloudflare’s IPO in 2019, Cloudflare Workers has helped launch over 2 million applications, the company said.

While Cloudflare competes against major players like Amazon’s AWS Lambda and Microsoft’s Azure Functions, the company’s emphasis on increasing simplicity for end users and offering direct integrations with popular databases will play a key role in differentiating it from other providers.

Durable items

Cloudflare said it also makes Durable Objects, its solution for delivering low-latency and reliable storage to Cloudflare Workers, generally available. Durable Objects allows users to automatically create and delete objects so they do not have to waste time managing infrastructure.

As John Graham-Cumming, CTF of Cloudflare, explained, managed mode is the hardest part of distributed computing – you need to think about the modes your data can end up in, how you sync them, scale and make them fast to access.

If a developer wants to write a stateful application, they typically use multiple services to deliver, manage, and scale: databases, caches, servers, and more. With Durable Objects, developers get all of these in a serverless API, with scaling and highly consistent data access built-in, Graham-Cumming said.

One of the features included in Durable Objects that is particularly notable is the ability to create a named instance of a Worker running on Cloudflare’s network. After creating this named instance or Durable Object, other workers can send messages to it and store data in it and lay the foundation for building scalable stateless applications.

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