When people aren't talking about VMs and containers, they're talking about serverless architecture. Serverless is about no maintenance. It means you are not worried about low-level infrastructural and operational details. An event-driven serverless platform is a great use case for IoT.
In this session at @ThingsExpo, Animesh Singh, an STSM and Lead for IBM Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, detailed how to build a distributed serverless, polyglot, microservices framework using open source technologies like:
OpenWhisk: Open source distributed compute service to execute application logic in response to events
Docker: To run event driven actions 6. Ansible and BOSH: to deploy the serverless platform
MQTT: Messaging protocol for IoT
Node-RED: Tool to wire IoT together
Consul: Tool for service discovery and configuration. Consul is distributed, highly available, and extremely scalable.
Kafka: A high-throughput distributed messaging system.
StatsD/ELK/Graphite: For statistics, monitoring and logging