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The Allen Institute for Brain Science, a non-profit medical research organization in Seattle, Washington, worked for several years to build a map of gene expression in the human brain. It released a Mouse Brain Atlas in 2007, then used similar techniques to complete its Human Brain Atlas in 2010. Last week, at its first hackathon, the Institute launched an API for the Human Brain Atlas, allowing researchers all over the world direct access to that information.
Arguably, Salesforce.com brought the software-as-a-service (SaaS) concept mainstream. Today, if software isn't available as a service, it's considered old school. But software -- as a service or not -- is just a container. What makes software valuable has always been what it does to data. Now, in the same spirit of service-oriented architectures and SaaS, a new concept is emerging, Data-as-a-Service (DaaS).
When you work with a Serverless API, you focus on the application, not the servers. Scalability is flexible and availability automated. The original tutorial links to a crash course on Serverless with Node available here: https://hackernoon.com/a-crash-course-on-serverless-with-node-js-632b37d58b44