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Fastly, a San Francisco based startup, providing edge cloud platform, yesterday announced the private beta launch of [email protected], its new edge computing services. [email protected] is a powerful language-agnostic compute environment. This major milestone marks as an evolution of Fastly’s edge computing capabilities and the company’s innovation in the serverless space. 

Fastly’s [email protected] is designed to empower developers to build far more advanced edge applications with greater security, more robust logic, and new levels of performance. They can also create a new and improved digital experience with their own technology choices around the cloud platforms, services, and programming languages needed. 

Rather than spend time on operational overhead, the company’s goal is to continue reinventing the way end users live, work, and play on the web. Fastly’s [email protected] gives developers the freedom to push complex logic closer to end users.

“When we started Fastly, we sought to build a platform with the power to realize the future of edge computing — from our software-defined modern network to our point of presence design, everything has led us to this point,” explained Tyler McMullen, CTO of Fastly. “With this launch, we’re excited to double down on that vision and work with enterprises to help them build truly complete applications in an environment that offers new levels of stability, security, and global scale.”

We had the opportunity to interview Fastly’s CTO Tyler McMullen a few months back. We discussed Fastly’s Lucet and the future of WebAssembly and Rust among other things. You can read the full interview here. 

Fastly [email protected] leverages speed for global scale and security

Fastly’s [email protected] environment promises to offer 100x faster startup time at 35.4 microseconds, than any other solution in the market. Additionally [email protected] is powered by its open-source WebAssembly compiler and runtime, Lucet and supports Rust as a second language in addition to Varnish Configuration Language (VCL). 

Other benefits of [email protected] include:

  • Code can be computed around the world instead of a single region. This will allow developers to reduce code execution latency and further optimize the performance of their code, without worrying about managing the underlying infrastructure
  • The unmatched speed at which the environment operates, combined with Fastly’s isolated sandboxing technology, reduces the risk of accidental data leakage. With a “burn-after-reading” approach to request memory, entire classes of vulnerabilities are eliminated
  • With [email protected], developers can serve GraphQL from its network edge and deliver more personalized experiences
  • Developers can develop their own customized API protection logic
  • With manifest manipulation, developers can deliver content with a “best-performance-wins” approach— like multi-CDN live streams that run smoothly for users around the world

Fastly has operated in the serverless market since its founding in 2011 through its Edge Cloud Platform, including products like Full Site Delivery, Load Balancer, DDoS, and Web Application Firewall (WAF). Till date, Fastly’s serverless computing offering has focused on delivery-centric use cases via its VCL-powered programmable edge. With the introduction of [email protected], Fastly unlocks even more powerful and widely-applicable computing capabilities.

To learn more about Fastly’s edge computing and cloud services, you can visit its official blog. Developers who are interested to be a part of the private beta can sign up on this page.

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