Publications

The following is a list of major articles and publications by or about Lee.

2018

3 common mistakes companies make when adopting cloud

Article: IT Brief (Australia), Apr 19, 2018
When: Apr 19, 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.

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

Article: Diginomica, Mar 25, 2018
When: 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.

Modern Software Podcast

Interview: New Relic Modern Software Podcast, Feb 21, 2018
When: Feb 21, 2018
If you still think multi-cloud is all about deliberately choosing several cloud providers to avoid vendor lock-in, you may be missing the point. That’s just one key takeaway from the latest episode of the New Relic Modern Software Podcast, which delves into the complex world of running—and monitoring—applications in multi-cloud environments.
[We]...invited New Relic’s Senior Director of Strategic Architecture Lee Atchison and Senior Manager of Product Marketing Aaron Newcomb to share the perspective they’ve gained from working with New Relic customers.

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

Interview: IDNews, Feb 8, 2018
When: Feb 8, 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.

The Dynamic Cloud: Availability and Scalability for Your Biggest Days

Article: New Relic Blog, Feb 2, 2018
When: Feb 2, 2018
Reprinted: DZone, Feb 5, 2018 [view]
There are two main ways that modern enterprise applications use the cloud. There’s the “better data center”approach to using the cloud, and then there’s using the cloud in a more dynamic fashion.

Understanding the Differences Between Microservices, Monoliths, SOA and APIs

Quotes Lee: CMSWire, Jan 15, 2018
When: Jan 15, 2018
Definitions article with quotes from Lee Atchison on microservices and APIs.

Modern Software Podcast

Interview: New Relic Modern Software Podcast, Jan 11, 2018
When: Jan 11, 2018
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.

Five revealing differences in cloud adoption around the world

Article: Diginomica, Jan 9, 2018
When: Jan 9, 2018
Where you live in the world changes how you feel about cloud adoption. New Relic’s Lee Atchison reveals five differences he encountered on three continents.

Hey You, Get Off My Cloud! Multi-Tenant Cloud vs. Single-Tenant Cloud

Article: New Relic Blog, Jan 8, 2018
When: Jan 8, 2018
Reprinted: DZone, Jan 16, 2018 [view]
Whenever we discuss cloud adoption with enterprise companies curious about making the move, one of the first questions is, which is better: public cloud or private cloud? Cloud adopters want to know which approach is most likely to give them better performance, greater flexibility, stronger security, and lowest cost to operate.
While these are important requirements, they miss a critical issue: do you want to share your cloud with others? If you’re working towards an effective cloud adoption strategy, you’d be wise to consider whether you want a multi-tenant or single-tenant cloud offering.

The 6 Levels of Cloud Maturity

Article: New Relic Blog, Jan 2, 2018
When: 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.

2017

2018 DevOps Predictions

Quotes Lee: DZone, Dec 8, 2017
When: Dec 8, 2017
DevOps, dynamic infrastructure and the cloud will continue to be merged into a single set of lockstep systems. Moving or adapting to any one of them will require moving and adapting to all of them. You won’t be able to successfully talk about and implement one without talking about and implementing the others.

2017 DevOps Surprises

Quotes Lee: DZone, Dec 7, 2017
When: Dec 7, 2017
DevOps and cloud are often discussed together. But in 2017, a realization that in order to truly build successful modern DevOps organizations requires a commitment to dynamic infrastructures, which typically means cloud-based infrastructures. There is now a realization that a successful DevOps process requires a dynamic cloud implementation. In addition, the reverse is also true. A successful migration from a traditional an on-premise environment to a cloud-based environment requires the adoption of a DevOps culture in your organization.

2018 Cloud Predictions

Quotes Lee: DZone, Dec 7, 2017
When: Dec 7, 2017
In 2018, serverless will become viable by the addition of services such as serverless container orchestration. Being able to run any container at any scale without having to provision servers is a very valuable capability that will become available in 2018 and will give a new impetuous to support serverless computing.
Serverless containers will become as easy to use and as prevalently available as virtual server instances such as EC2 has been in the past.

2017 Cloud Surprises

Quotes Lee: DZone, Dec 1, 2017
When: Dec 1, 2017
AWS has always been the clear leader in public cloud infrastructure, and for many years, the cloud essentially meant AWS. There was no other serious contender. Everyone who was talking public cloud was talking AWS. The conversation changed in 2017. Subjects such as non-AWS public cloud solutions and how to build multi-cloud deployments started to become discussed seriously. AWS is still the clear leader, but it is no longer the only significant game around. In particular, Microsoft Azure has started to be recognized as a viable competitor for AWS. Most people still use AWS, but the money for cloud infrastructure is getting split more and with Azure in particular. This appears to be especially true in Europe.

AWS managed services move into IoT, containers

Quotes Lee: Tech Target, Nov 30, 2017
When: Nov 30, 2017
"Lambda is good for short-action events, whatever the scale," Atchison said. "Containers are much more of a traditional programming model, but still the same level of scaling -- you just have to think about it more. It's a different type of serverless, but it's still serverless."

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

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

Container Runtime Brings Greater Flexibility to Kubernetes and BOSH

Quotes Lee: Linux Insider, Oct 11, 2017
When: Oct 11, 2017
Article on containers with quotes from Lee Atchison on container management.

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

Article: Diginomica, Aug 8, 2017
When: 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.

To get the most out of devOps, go all in, survey suggests

Quotes Lee: ZDNet, Aug 7, 2017
When: Aug 7, 2017
Article about the New Relic cloud survey with quotes from me.

Auto Scaling—The Dynamic Cloud Made Easy

Article: New Relic Blog, Jul 24, 2017
When: Jul 24, 2017
Reprinted: DZone, Aug 28, 2017 [view]
At New Relic, we talk a lot about the dynamic cloud. The dynamic cloud is the primary method of implementing a dynamic infrastructure, which allows enterprises to build highly flexible, highly available applications that can meet nearly any scaling need. But what exactly does it mean to be dynamic?

Cloud Migration: Measurement at the Moment Of Truth

Article: AWS Partner Network Blog, Jul 10, 2017
When: Jul 10, 2017
When migrating applications to AWS, it doesn’t matter if you are rehosting, replatforming, or planning a full refactor—as you take each step, you should know what’s working. Above all, you need to know if the user experience of your migrated app is what you expect it to be—especially at that moment when the workload has moved and everyone is watching.
How can you tell that a migration has successfully completed? How can you be sure that you haven’t introduced a problem or a looming concern into your application? How do you determine that you don’t need to do any further tuning or adjusting to ensure that your app that was previously running fine on-premises is stable and performing well in the cloud?
Ultimately, you can’t declare a migration successful until you’ve proven it works as expected in the new environment.

Compare the Cloud

Interview: Compare The Cloud, Jul 10, 2017
When: Jul 10, 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.

How Many Clouds Do I Need?

Article: New Relic Blog, Jul 10, 2017
When: Jul 10, 2017
Reprinted: DZone, Jul 21, 2017 [view]
Selecting Multi-Cloud Vendors in the Real World. 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.

Keeping Your Apps Running at Scale

Reference Lee: New Relic Blog, Jul 5, 2017
When: Jul 5, 2017
New Relic blog article about Lee's talk at FutureStack/London.

AWS Lambda v Amazon ECS

Article: Diginomica, Jun 29, 2017
When: Jun 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.
(This article suggested the industry need for a service similar to Fargate, months before it was announced by AWS)

The London Times: Raconteur: Serverless computer

Quotes Lee: The Sunday Times, London, Mar 12, 2017
When: Mar 12, 2017
Interviewed and 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

Reference Lee: New Relic Blog, Mar 9, 2017
When: 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

Article: The New Stack, Mar 7, 2017
When: 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.

Hybrid cloud: what goes where?

Quotes Lee: Information Age, Feb 23, 2017
When: Feb 23, 2017
Following an initial period of excitement, when businesses thought that most data and applications were best stored in the cloud, organisations are now reviewing what is the best hybrid strategy for them.

Minimum viable product considered harmful without architecture

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

How to tell SaaS look-alikes from the real thing

Article: Diginomica, Jan 10, 2017
When: Jan 10, 2017
Isn’t single-tenant SaaS just managed hosting? New Relic’s Lee Atchison delves into the world of SaaS look-alikes to find the real thing.

Delivering Real-Time Insights to Enterprise Customers – New Relic, an AWS Migration Competency Partner

Quotes Lee: AWS Partner Network Blog, Jan 4, 2017
When: Jan 4, 2017
We recently caught up with the New Relic team to learn a little more about what makes them unique as an ISV, how they work with AWS, the migration trends the team is seeing within its customer base, and what’s next for the company on AWS.

Monitoring the Dynamic Cloud

Quotes Lee: DZone, Jan 1, 2017
When: Jan 1, 2017
Article in DZone about my FutureStack/SF talk.

2016

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

Article: IT Pro Portal, Dec 9, 2016
When: Dec 9, 2016
Reprinted: Multiple locations, Dec 9, 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.

Building Right-Sized Application Services: The Goldilocks Calculation

Article: New Relic Blog, Dec 7, 2016
When: Dec 7, 2016
How to make services just the right size.

Visibility into the Migration From Static to Dynamic Infrastructure [Video]

Article: New Relic Blog, Sep 14, 2016
When: Sep 14, 2016
Short video about mastering the transition from Static to Dynamic Infrastructure.

theCUBE Interview

Interview: theCUBE, Jul 13, 2016
When: Jul 13, 2016
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.

Why I Wrote the Book on ‘Architecting for Scale’

Article: New Relic Blog, Jul 13, 2016
When: Jul 13, 2016
Blog article talking about the concepts I talk about in my book, and why I consider them important.

Why Amazon Retail Went To A Service Oriented Architecture

Interview: High Scalability, Jul 13, 2016
When: Jul 13, 2016
When Lee Atchison arrived at Amazon, Amazon was in the process of moving from a large monolithic application to a Service Oriented Architecture.
Lee talks about this evolution in an interesting interview on Software Engineering Daily: Scalable Architecture with Lee Atchison, about Lee's new book: Architecting for Scale: High Availability for Your Growing Applications.

Scalable Architecture with Lee Atchison

Interview: Software Engineering Daily, Jul 8, 2016
When: Jul 8, 2016
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.

Customer Successes Take Center Stage at FutureStack London

Article: New Relic Blog, Jul 7, 2016
When: Jul 7, 2016
Blog article talking about our FutureStack16 event "across the pond".

Velocity Interview

Interview: Velocity, Jun 29, 2016
When: Jun 29, 2016
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.

10 Tech Books For Summer Reading

Reference Lee: Network Computing, Jun 27, 2016
When: Jun 27, 2016
Summer reading list. Architecting For Scale is the third book on the list.

Scalable systems monitoring helps developers build better apps faster

Reference Lee: Tech Target, Jun 22, 2016
When: Jun 22, 2016
Developers want to create better apps faster. Static clouds are giving way to scalable systems, with dynamic resource allocation and application monitoring.

New Relic’s Big Day at Fenway Park

Article: New Relic Blog, Jun 6, 2016
When: Jun 6, 2016
Blog article talking about the New Relic tech event at Fenway Park in Boston.

What Are Microservices and Why Should You Use Them? (Part 2)

Article: Programmable Web, May 5, 2016
When: May 5, 2016
This is the second part of a two part series on microservice architectures, how they are used in application development and the role that APIs play within them.

What Are Microservices and Why Should You Use Them? (Part 1)

Article: Programmable Web, May 5, 2016
When: May 5, 2016
This is the first part of a two part series on microservice architectures, how they are used in application development and the role that APIs play within them. The second part looks at what distinguishes a typical Web API that you might add to your enterprise from a microservice (with an API) and when the two approaches make sense.

How New Relic Instruments Microservice Workloads

Interview: The New Stack, May 1, 2016
When: May 1, 2016
Interviewed for article.

Modern Software Podcast: 3 Paths to the Hybrid Cloud

Interview: New Relic Modern Software Podcast, Apr 6, 2016
When: Apr 6, 2016
There’s more than one way to get to the hybrid cloud. And most enterprises follow several paths to get to what is increasingly becoming the “new normal” for corporate IT infrastructure.

Change and the Cloud

Article: CIO Review, Apr 1, 2016
When: Apr 1, 2016
We know the cloud is changing the way we think about computing.  The cloud is changing the way we run our applications. The cloud is even changing the way we pay for our applications. The cloud is changing everything.   

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

Article: New Relic Blog, Feb 8, 2016
When: Feb 8, 2016
Dealing with monolithic applications often caused development organizations to get stuck in the muck, resulting in slower, less-reliable applications and longer and longer development schedules. The companies who create those applications, as a result, end up losing customers and money.
The muck is not inevitable. You can rebuild and re-architect your applications to scale with your company’s needs, not against it. Using a microservice-based application architecture is an increasingly popular technique for building applications that can scale without miring your organization in the monolithic muck.

The New Stack @ Scale Podcast: Talking Microservices and DevOps

Interview: New Relic Modern Software Podcast, Jan 28, 2016
When: Jan 28, 2016
It’s an increasingly common scenario: As a company grows, it finds that it needs to move away from the monolithic software architecture that powered its initial success. The alternative? A microservices approach that provides more speed and flexibility.

A Look Inside Container Monitoring

Interview: The New Stack, Jan 1, 2016
When: Jan 1, 2016
Article with quotes from Lee.

Lee Atchison