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More Serverless Articles in ComputerWorld

Jul 31, 2019

Continuing in the same manner, I added a third article to my series of articles on serverless computing that was published this summer in ComputerWorld. Here is a summary:

5 tips to choose a serverless vendor

Published July 22, 2019

The global serverless architecture market shows no signs of slowing down with multiple vendors offering their services in a fast-growing arena. AWS, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, Rackspace, IBM, Oracle, and CA Technologies are just a few industry names investing heavily in the serverless space. It’s no wonder that vendors are scrambling for a big slice of the pie: According to KBV Research, the global serverless architecture market is expected to hit US$14 billion by 2024, increasing at a growth rate of 23.4 per cent CAGR during the forecast period.  In Australia, “serverless” is all the rage at the moment with multiple vendors rushing to claim pole position where functions-as-a-service, or FaaS, is fast gaining traction. It’s critical to note that while developing applications using the FaaS model is a way of achieving a serverless environment, there is confusion over how to choose the right vendor. Here are five considerations on how to choose a FaaS-serverless vendor to meet your organisational needs.

4 factors to ruin your serverless migration

Published May 23, 2019

As more and more companies embark on their digital transformation journey, organisations need to upgrade and evolve their infrastructure technology to maintain a competitive edge. The promise of serverless is to allow organisations to focus on their application and not worry about infrastructure, which includes buying, scaling, and securing infrastructure to run their applications. As I’ve previously discussed, it’s critical that serverless is chosen for the right kind of task. It’s perfect for handling short tasked based jobs that take a relatively small period of time to execute, but it’s less useful for long running tasks or for complex tasks. However, even with a well-considered strategy and a solid budget, the migration to serverless can go awry.

3 ways serverless is a game changer

Published May 16, 2019

The dream of serverless is to enable companies to focus on making their application work, rather than getting tied up with managing infrastructure. Serverless is actually a misnomer: there are still servers, but your cloud provider runs them and dynamically manages the allocation of machine resources. The idea is that a company then only needs to focus on its apps, not its infrastructure. One question that gets asked frequently is which companies are best suited to serverless, in terms of the benefits they will see? However, determining success is actually less about the type of organisation that should consider serverless and more about the type of computing that is best used for serverless and whether your organisation needs it. If serverless is right for your organisation, these are the top three benefits you can expect to realise.


Expect serverless to become more mainstream

Jul 31, 2019

Serverless is a hotly discussed topic right now, and it seems to mean different things to different people. We caught up with Lee Atchison, Senior Director, Cloud Architecture at New Relic to discuss what serverless means to him, how it’s changing the way applications are developed and what implications serverless could have for infrastructure in the future. Catch the full interview on jaxenter (English version | German version)  


Cloud Computing Leaders to Follow Online

Jul 31, 2019

I’m proud to make this list of Cloud Computing Leaders to Follow Online: New Relic’s Cloud Computing Leaders to Follow Online


Serverless Articles in ComputerWorld

May 28, 2019

I’ve published two articles in ComputerWorld this month, both on the topic of serverless. They are:


An honest debate about on-premise vs cloud-based monitoring

Mar 29, 2019

Let’s have an honest debate about on-premise versus cloud app monitoring! Application monitoring is a modern necessity for technology-based businesses across every vertical. No matter whether you’re serving end customers or enterprise clients, a complete view of your applications and operating environment will help identify any problems before they escalate into serious customer service issues. This has become especially true as more and more organisations have migrated to the cloud or adopted new working methods like DevOps. However, there’s still a significant number of businesses who operate an on-premise technology environment. This could be for several reasons, from legacy systems from which they aren’t ready to move from yet, or long-term business plans that require an on-premise solution. Read the entire article today in DevOpsOnline.co.uk.


How Service Tiers Can Help to Avoid Microservices Disasters

Mar 22, 2019

Bringing down an entire application is easy. All it takes is the failure of a single service and the entire set of services that make up the application can come crashing down like a house of cards. Just one minor error from a non-critical service can be disastrous to the entire application. There are, of course, many ways to prevent dependent services from failing. However, adding extra resiliency in non-critical services also adds complexity and cost, and sometimes it is not needed. Read the entire article today in The New Stack.


Why SaaS is the best way to monitor on-premise environments

Mar 15, 2019

It’s past time to debunk an idea that’s somehow still kicking around in application performance monitoring circles. Put simply, just because you have an on-premise technology environment does not mean you need an on-premise monitoring solution. In fact, an on-premise monitoring solution has many disadvantages, even when dealing with purely on-premise environments. Read the entire article today in Diginomica.


Managing Risk in Modern Enterprise Applications

Feb 6, 2019

By: Ken Gavranovic and Lee Atchison Want to reduce MTTR, reduce incidents and have a data driven discussion on investment allocation? Try what many modern software development and operations companies have implemented, an Enterprise Risk Matrix. We have seen implementing this process on a quarterly, bi-annual or annual basic can reduce MTTR by as much as 70%, incident count by 90% within 6-12 months.  Most importantly, the risk matrix can introduce a data driven discussion about investment in products (hopefully you have already migrated away from funding projects).


Edge impact on DevOps - L8ist Sh9y Podcast

Jan 23, 2019

Joining us this week is Lee Atchison, Sr. Director of Strategic Architecture, New Relic. Author of Architecting for Scale on O’Reilly and recent speaker at AWS ReInvent ’19 — Cloud Computing in an Edge World.


2019 DevOps Predictions

Jan 16, 2019

DEVOPSdigest invited DevOps experts — analysts and consultants, users and the top vendors — for their predictions on how DevOps and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2019. This was presented in a 9 part series, and contained predictions from many experts in the area. I contributed two predictions that were published in the series.


Lee in Diginomica — Two of the Top Six Articles of the Year

Dec 23, 2018

Diginomica published their top six articles for 2018. This was based on reader’s enjoyment and them coming back and enjoying the articles throughout the year. Number one on the list is my article, "Forget AWS Lambda, so long Kubernetes — this is the future of Serverless" article. This article discusses Fargate and my views on the future of Serverless.


Cloud adoption: How do Australia & New Zealand stack up?

Nov 1, 2018

The speed at which businesses are able to adopt cloud, and how they use it, can be impacted by where they’re based in the world. Some markets are much more proactive than others when it comes to new technology, and there are clear differences in which solutions are preferred. In spending time in Australia and New Zealand, I’ve made the following observations about local cloud adoption trends.


Don’t fall off the edge – why IoT still needs the cloud

Oct 25, 2018

What does edge computing and IoT mean to you? Temperature probes monitoring crops? Micro drones monitoring wind speed in the atmosphere? Electronic GPS trackers embedded within your boxed shipments? Refrigerators that tell you when you need a gallon of milk? Fully automated homes with magical lighting and security systems? When we hear about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the whole field of edge computing, many people think of these novel and rather futurist use cases. But we don’t have to look that far in order to see our world already full of interconnected devices on the ‘edge’ of the cloud. It’s a reality today:

  • A Point-of-Sale device at your brick-and-mortar store;
  • The package scanner used by any delivery service;
  • A mobile app to order ahead your cup of coffee or donut;
  • Even your web browser that is running more and more sophisticated applications closer to the end user.


Lee Atchison to Keynote at xMatters' Flow 2018

Sep 17, 2018

Join me at the xMatter’s Flow 18 conference on October 22-24 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, where I will be giving one of the keynotes for the conference. I will be giving my newly created “Keeping Modern Applications Performing – Driving Insights to Action within the Enterprise” talk, where it will make its North American debut. This will be hot on the trail after giving it down under in Sydney and Melbourne Australia the week before.


Lee Atchison to Present at FutureStack Sydney and Melbourne, Australia

Sep 5, 2018

Join me in Australia on October 17th and October 19th for our annual FutureStack conference in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. I will be giving a new talk for the first time, “Keeping Modern Applications Performing – Driving Insights to Action within the Enterprise”. This is continuing my long standing tradition working “down under” with local customers on cloud computing and DevOps with both New Relic and AWS. Once again, I’ll be available before and after the conferences for customer meetings and chats.


Microservice Architectures: What They Are and Why You Should Use Them

Aug 28, 2018

Microservices is a hot topic in software development circles these days. And for some very good reasons. Put simply, the traditional way of building enterprise applications—using a monolithic approach—has become problematic as applications get larger and more complex. So developers are turning to a microservices software development architecture, in which applications are structured as collections of loosely coupled services. This makes them easier to build, and—more importantly—much easier to expand and scale. Let’s take a closer look at how a microservices approach differs from a monolithic one, and examine their relative strengths and weaknesses.


Lee Atchison to Present at Cloud EXPO NY 2018

Aug 21, 2018

Join me in New York on Nov 13 for the 10th annual Cloud Expo at the Javits Center where I will be giving my talk “Dynamic Infrastructure and The Cloud 
Adventures in Keeping Your Application Running…at Scale”. This will be my second appearance and third presentation at this conference. To register for the conference and my presentation, please click here.


Key Takeaways from Continuous Discussions Podcast: The DevOps Toolchain

Aug 13, 2018

On July 17th, I was fortunate enough to take part in a podcast jointly sponsored by Electric Cloud and DZone titled “Continuous Discussions: The DevOps Toolchain”. The podcast was a panel discussion with a variety of DevOps experts from around the industry. I was fortunate enough to be included on this panel.


Continuous Discussions (#c9d9) Podcast, Episode 89: The DevOps Toolchain

Jul 30, 2018

Episode 89: The DevOps Toolchain

Tools must be able to integrate with each other and provide insight into the entire process. Check out the latest Continuous Discussions podcast for insights like this. Lee Atchison was part of the panel of DevOps experts being interviewed during this podcast.


The Four Pitfalls of Cloud Migration

Jul 23, 2018

Migrating to the cloud is easy, right? What could possibly go wrong? There are at least four things I can think of. Often, when we begin a cloud migration, we come in with lofty expectations. As the migration progresses, however, we often find that moving to the cloud isn’t necessarily as easy as we would like it to be - or as easy as we were led to believe it would be. Sometimes, the cloud doesn’t meet our expectations. Promises we’ve been given may not hold true. Promises we’ve made to our stakeholders can turn out to be impossible to keep. Migrating to the cloud is not necessarily the slam dunk we expected it to be.