Articles, Publications

Lee has given many presentations at a variety of conferences and shows. Additionally, he has written articles, blog posts, and other content. This section contains featured content by and about Lee.


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

Diginomica, Mar 25, 2018
Forget about AWS Lambda and Kubernetes – AWS Fargate is the real future of serverless because it’s containers that matter, says New Relic’s Lee Atchison.


The 6 Levels of Cloud Maturity

New Relic Blog, Jan 2, 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.

Your data is more secure with SaaS companies than it is with you

Diginomica, Oct 25, 2017
Conventional wisdom says you should protect your data by keeping it close. In reality, it’s more secure with SaaS companies.

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

Diginomica, Aug 8, 2017
Ever wanted to know about serverless computing but were afraid to ask? New Relic’s Lee Atchison tells all and explains its impact on the digital enterprise.

How to Pick Multi-Cloud Vendors in the Real World

DZone, July 21, 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.

Cloud Migration: Measurement at the Moment Of Truth

July 10, 2017
Article on the AWS Partner Network Blog written by Lee Atchison.

AWS Lambda v Amazon ECS

June 29, 2017
AWS Lambda v Amazon ECS on Docker containers. Which of these pay-as-you-go compute services is for you? New Relic’s Lee Atchison weighs them up.

The London Times: Raconteur: Serverless computer

Mar 12, 2017
Quoted in article on serverless computing that appeared in a special edition technology section of The London Times, Sunday edition.

18 Cloud Leaders to Follow Online

Mar 9, 2017
Featured as one of the "18 Cloud Leaders to Follow Online" in an article by Kevin Casey in the Modern Software blog.

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

The New Stack, Mar 7, 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.

Minimum viable product considered harmful without architecture

Diginomica, Feb 22, 2017
Agile says build a minimum viable product (MVP) and continuously improve it with DevOps. Just don’t neglect architecture.


Dynamic Infrastructure and the Cloud

Adventures in Keeping Your Application Scale.

This was a presentation given at the 2017 AWS Summit in Sydney, Australia on April 5, 2017, and the AWS Summit in San Francisco, CA on April 18, 2017.

The slides are available for viewing here.

IDevNews - Application Architecture Summit - Monitoring the Dynamic Cloud

How do you apply modern application to your digital business? Hear from experts at the Application Architecture Summit. Register here to see the entire conference playback online.

This was a presentation at an online conference on Feb 27, 2017. Watch the video here and view the slides here.


Lee has presented at many FutureStack conferences around the world. Here is a sampling of content from those presentations:

AWS Summits and re:Invent

  • Presentations and participated at AWS Summits/2016 in Sydney, Chicago, New York, London, and Santa Clara
  • Two presentations at re:Invent/2016 in Las Vegas, NV
  • Presentations and participated at AWS Summits/2017 in Sydney, San Francisco

Other Events and Presentations

  • MLB Tech Summits
  • O'Reilly Velocity
  • imPACt 2016
  • Cloud Expo 2016 - New York
  • IT Cloud Computing Summit - Seattle
  • Disney Data & Analytics Conference
  • Starbucks SIX Conference
  • Various webinars




Featured Content

On this page you can explore some of the featured content from Lee. This includes contributed articles, blog posts, recorded presentations, and interviews.


The following are interviews of Lee from various media sources.

Modern Software Podcast

The New Relic Modern Software Podcast is back! For the first episode of 2018, I’m joined by my co-host, New Relic Developer/Evangelist Tori Wieldt, along with Lee Atchison, Senior Director of Strategic Architecture, to discuss the hot-button issue of SaaS security. Specifically, the heretical idea that your precious data may actually be safer with a Software-as-a-Service provider in the cloud than in your own data center.

Listen to the podcast here.

Compare the Cloud 

 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.

Watch the video here.

theCUBE Interview

John Gray, SVP Business Development, New Relic & Lee Atchison, Cloud Architect, New Relic, joined John Furrier and Lisa Martin at AWS Summit 2016 in Santa Clara, CA.

Watch the video here.

Velocity Interview

My recent interview by O'Reilly Media about my book Architecting for Scale. This interview was recorded during the O'Reilly Velocity conference in Santa Clara, CA, on June 23, 2016.

Watch the video here.

Scalable Architecture with Lee Atchison

Lee Atchison spent seven years at Amazon working in retail, software distribution, and Amazon Web Services. He then moved to New Relic, where he has spent four years scaling the company’s internal architecture. From his decade of experience at fast growing web technology companies, Lee has written the book Architecting for Scale, from O’Reilly.

Listen to the podcast recording here.

Modern Software Podcast: 3 Paths to the Hybrid Cloud

Podcast with special guest Lee Atchison

Talking Microservices and DevOps

Podcast featuring Tung Nguyen (VP Eng, Bleacher Report) and Lee Atchison.