In the world of business, discussing souls, togetherness, and coincidences is taboo. Yet as I sit here writing these words - I'm struck by the profound serendipity of just having raised a $7M seed financing lead by DNX ventures.
In the past, I've viewed edge computing as a new kind of tier to cloud computing and one that potentially eclipses the centralized clouds - because it's a natural place to run anything that is interactive, needs to analyze large volumes of shared state data and quickly compute against short time value data. Seen from Josh's perspective it almost seems inevitable to me that edge computing will eclipse cloud computing and that new companies will not just challenge but dethrone the big cloud incumbents.
At some point in the last 12 months, something historic happened quietly and right under everyone's' noses. Without much fanfare, the center of gravity for cloud computing moved from the centralized databases and compute in giant hyper-scale data-centers to the edge of the network where CDNs live. This tectonic shift changes the way you (dear developer) will build applications, APIs, and all things programmable in the months, years, and decades to come.
Today, June 12th, 2019 marks a very special milestone for all of us at Macrometa. Starting today, anyone can sign up for a free developer account and build geo distributed apps and APIs that run across our network of 25 global cloud data centers.
Macrometa set out to create a platform that only companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon have been able to build - a globally distributed data backend running in global locations to serve data to apps and APIs from the edge, closer to users and devices. With Macrometa - anyone can build apps and APIs that run distributed, cross-region, and multi-cloud and they don't need to know anything about concurrency, consistency, or mastering the arcane complexities of distributed systems.
The cloud is going through a great tectonic shift. Put simply, we're now entering a new phase of the cloud where the main assumptions underlying its architecture inhibit it from solving emerging problems with data processing. The biggest shift in how we create data and use it is happening hidden in plain sight. The shift is from seeing and using data like its a historical record (seeing the world in the past tense), to seeing and using data as a dynamic set of events happening continuously in the now (seeing the world in the present tense instead of past tense) anywhere in the world.