Edge computing, where the data and compute power is distributed to different physical locations where it is needed, comes with many unique management challenges. Applying system updates to traditional operating systems can be slow and use a lot of bandwidth, and losing remote access to an edge node because of a failed update can be catastrophic. Talos makes computing at the edge safer and faster. The minimal operating system requires less bandwidth to deploy and update, and the immutable Talos OS image ("no moving parts") makes updates easier to test, and more reliable upon deployment.
Running a large-scale Kubernetes cluster across multiple cloud providers or forms of infrastructure can solve some important problems for your business, but it can also create new ones. Different base OSes, different versions of critical components, and different upgrade cycles can contribute to instability and hard-to-troubleshoot problems. Talos has been built from the ground up with multi-cloud operations teams in mind, giving you a single platform that is compatible with multiple cloud providers. In the future, you will be able to manage all of your Talos-based environments from a single control plane.
In a "serverless" environment where units of code are decomposed down to the function level, demand may scale up and down rapidly as different applications make different demands on the underlying infrastructure. Managing the underlying infrastructure in an efficient and automated way is critical to realize the benefits of running a serverless platform. Due to its minimal footprint and design, Talos hosts can be scaled up and down much faster than traditional OSes, which means your infrastructure can be more responsive to changes in demand. Cluster management can be automated to make the most efficient use of limited resources.