Lee@Scale

Articles providing techniques, guidance, and best practices for how to build web applications that scale to significant traffic volumes.


The 2018 Pivot For Dynamic Apps, DevOps: Live Deployment Monitoring Takes Center Stage Away From Container Orchestration

Feb 12, 2018

“The yin-yang of dynamic apps and DevOps may come into a new balance in 2018. Container orchestration will be less important, while monitoring live deployments will become the crucial focus. This shift comes in large part due to big steps in Amazon Web Services, says Lee Atchison, senior director of strategic architecture at New Relic. IDN explores. “ Read this interview with Lee Atchison on idevnews.


Five Revealing Differences In Cloud Adoption Around The World

Feb 9, 2018

I recently went on a global tour covering eleven cities, seven countries, and three continents. During this roadshow I had the opportunity to meet in a variety of public and private forums with a broad array of companies. The common theme among all the individuals I spoke with was a desire to use the cloud within their organization, and how they could measure the effectiveness of their cloud operations.


The Dynamic Cloud: Availability And Scalability For Your Biggest Days

Feb 4, 2018

Does this story sound familiar? It’s the day of the big game. You invite a bunch of your friends over to watch on your brand-new 75-inch Ultra-HD Super Deluxe TV. You’ve got the beer. You’ve got your snacks laid out. Everything’s ready to go. The game is about to start. When, all of a sudden, the power goes out, the lights flicker off, and the TV goes dark. For you and your friends, it’s game over.


The 6 Levels Of Cloud Maturity

Jan 29, 2018

For many enterprises, finding success in the cloud is still a daunting challenge. Too often, organizations set overly high expectations for the benefits while underestimating the amount of work required. An unfortunate result can be a vicious cycle of blame, finger pointing, and grasping for something—anything—that could be considered a victory.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #8: Zürich, Switzerland

Nov 17, 2017

Last public stop on the world tour was Zürich, Switzerland. At this event, we had the opportunity to listen to Pasi Katajainen, CTO Germany of Nordcloud, one of our partners. He continued on from my presentation on migration maturity, and added his take on how cloud migration is as much a cultural transformation as a technical transformation. He further talked about issues around security and system architecture patterns to enable a secure cloud infrastructure.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #7: München, Germany

Nov 16, 2017

Last public stop on the world tour was Zürich, Switzerland. At this event, we had the opportunity to listen to Pasi Katajainen, CTO Germany of Nordcloud, one of our partners. He continued on from my presentation on migration maturity, and added his take on how cloud migration is as much a cultural transformation as a technical transformation. He further talked about issues around security and system architecture patterns to enable a secure cloud infrastructure.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #6: Düsseldorf, Germany (Via Frankfurt, Germany)

Nov 15, 2017

After a quick stop for an important customer visit in Frankfurt, I headed to Düsseldorf for the next leg in our cloud roadshow.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #5: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nov 10, 2017

After a quick stop for an important customer visit in Frankfurt, I headed to Düsseldorf for the next leg in our cloud roadshow.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #4: London, UK

Nov 9, 2017

Wednesday was stop #4 on my world tour in London, UK. I gave one of my dynamic cloud presentations to a room full of customers. Our friends at Sumo Logic were also there to talk about our integration with them, and customer Direct Line Group gave us a case study review of their use of New Relic.


Cloud Migration & Monitoring Roadshow

Nov 3, 2017

Come see me on my European leg of my trip and the world during the Cloud Migration & Monitoring Roadshow. This starts next week Wednesday (Nov 8) in London and goes thru the following Friday (Nov 17).


World Tour 2017 - Stop #3: Auckland, New Zealand

Nov 2, 2017

I love Auckland. I arrived in Auckland Friday night after finishing my meetings in Melbourne, Australia earlier in the day. I’ve spent the whole weekend here island hopping, wine tasting, and picture taking. New Zealand is as beautiful as you imagine it to be.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #2: Melbourne, Australia

Oct 25, 2017

Just arrived in Melbourne. Had a full day of customer visits in Sydney, including an executive lunch with our CEO Lew Cirne and some of our top Sydney customers. Lew talked about the New Relic culture and how we thrive as a company and what motivates our strategy and direction.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #1: Sydney, Australia

Oct 23, 2017

Sydney is the home for our fourth and final FutureStack of 2017. I arrived early Sunday morning and spent the day walking along the beach and cliffside of Bondi Beach. The water was crystal clear and beautiful, the weather was warm but not hot, and the sun was bright and shiny. A great way to adjust my internal clock to local time. Last night we went out to a delicious local Chinese restaurant, then ended the evening in a local 1920’s-style Speakeasy.


Join Me On World Cloud Evangelism Tour

Sep 26, 2017

During the months of October and November, I will be undertaking a four week, ten city, six country, worldwide Cloud Roadshow. During this trip I will be visiting key customers and speaking at various events across the globe. I’ll be visiting Australia, New Zealand, England, Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland.


FutureStack Interview On Compare The Cloud

Aug 18, 2017

Compare the Cloud speaks to Senior Director for New Relic, Lee Atchison at Futurestack. Lee speaks about his previous experience at AWS and the future of e-commerce platforms.


Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Serverless Computing But Were Afraid To Ask

Aug 14, 2017

We’ve heard the buzzword, we hear the excitement, but what exactly is serverless computing and why should I care about it?


How To Pick Multi-Cloud Vendors In The Real World

Aug 11, 2017

This guide will help determine whether a multi-cloud environment is right for your app and offers some advice in choosing the right cloud model for you.


AWS Lambda v Amazon ECS — Two Paths To One Goal, Which Is Best?

Jul 5, 2017

Launched in parallel two and a half years ago by Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Lambda and Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) are two distinct services that each offer a new, leaner way of accessing compute resources. Amazon ECS lets developers tap into container technology on a pay-as-you-go basis. AWS Lambda offers what is often known as ‘serverless’ computing, or function-as-a-service — the ability to access specific functions, again on pay-as-you-go terms.


The London Sunday Times: Raconteur: Serverless computer

Mar 24, 2017

Serverless computing is one of the hottest trends in tech, however it’s also one of the most misunderstood. From the article:

Lee Atchison, senior director at analytics platform New Relic, warns: “Each service provides a different and unique method for offering serverless computing. This means that an IT professional who wants to take advantage of serverless computing will find they are locked into a single cloud service provider to a greater degree than if they use more standardised traditional server-based computing.”
Read this article, and my quote, in a special edition technology section of The London Times, Sunday edition, called Raconteur.


Don’t Write Off the AWS S3 Outage as a Fat-Finger Folly

Mar 8, 2017

Major bug? Human error? Neither. The AWS S3 outage last week was more like a minor bug in an otherwise solid availability plan executed by AWS. Read my article at The New Stack..



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