Serverless Tag

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


Serverless Articles in ComputerWorld

May 28, 2019

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

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.

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.


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.


The Great Serverless Debate

Jul 11, 2018

The concept of “serverless” is on the minds of many developers and operations teams these days. The technology is definitely hot, but is serverless really ready for prime time in production environments? To find out, we invited a pair of New Relic experts, senior director of strategic architecture Lee Atchison and developer advocate Clay Smith, back to the show to debate the issue. Listen in to the podcast on New Relic’s Modern Software Podcast, below or on iTunes: You can also read an edited transcript of the discussion on the New Relic Blog.


3 common mistakes companies make when adopting cloud

May 24, 2018

Cloud computing is mainstream. That’s a fact. Chances are if your company isn’t already extensively using the cloud, it is planning on doing so in the very near future. But be careful. There are many mistakes that companies new to the cloud make when they begin looking into cloud adoption. Here are three of the main ones.


The Future of Kubernetes is not Lambda, it's Containers

Apr 30, 2018

I wrote not that long ago (see article in Diginomica) that the future of serverless is not Lambda, but is technologies such as AWS Fargate. I truly believe this is. Lambda is very useful for some kinds of computing needs, but it is not suitable as a general serverless solution to replace standard programming methodologies for building services and systems.


Forget AWS Lambda, so long Kubernetes – this is the future of serverless

Apr 23, 2018

Last year I wrote an article on what serverless computing is all about. In that article, I described that while serverless computing doesn’t remove servers, it moves the management of servers to the cloud computing provider, away from your development and IT organization. It removes complexity from application management and enables easier and more significant scaling by sharing server resources across a larger set of consumers. But last year, when you said ‘serverless computing’, you were almost exclusively referring to Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) technologies such as AWS Lambda, Microsoft Azure Functions, and Google Cloud Functions. While there are other serverless technologies – such as serverless data stores and databases – these functional computing services were usually what you meant when you were referring to ‘serverless computing’.


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?


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.


Goldilocks, serverless and DevOps: Five predictions for IT in 2017

Dec 14, 2016

Technological innovation drives every business, industry and sector - mostly positively, but not always. 2016 was no exception – from the first long-haul driverless cargo delivery to automated retail locations to the stiffening competition among ‘smart assistants’ we’re seeing big technological leaps at a breakneck pace.