Top Links from Issue #233

This issue was published on May 9, 2023

A Prime example of when not to use serverless 🛑

In this issue, the Internet overreacts to sound architectural choices, AppSync goes private, and Ampt gets production ready. Read the full issue...

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So many bad takes by adrian cockcroft
The Prime Video team published this story: Scaling up the audio/video monitoring service and reducing costs by 90%, and the internet piled in with opinions and bad takes, mostly missing the point. What the team did follows the advice I’ve been giving for years (here’s a video from 2019):


Breaking the Cloud Myth: How Amazon Prime Video Saved Millions by Ditching Serverless for Monolith by Deep Sekhar Ghosh
The belief that cloud computing is always a cost-effective solution has been challenged by Amazon Prime Video’s experience. Their team discovered that dealing with “noisy neighbors” ( explained later )in the cloud can lead to exorbitant costs.


The Great Serverless Lie: How Amazon Fooled Us All by Ahmad Ashfaq
Ladies and gentlemen, gather around and hear the tale of the great serverless lie! Apparently, Amazon Prime Video saved a whopping 90% on their Amazon Web Services bill by switching from serverless microservices to an old-fashioned monolith architecture.


Is serverless overpriced? What can we learn from the PrimeVideo team?
Last week, PrimeVideo posted a headline-grabbing article that broke tech Twitter. The article is a case study of how a PrimeVideo team cut the running cost of its service by 90% by moving away from a microservice architecture running on Lambda and Step Functions.


Reduce costs by 90% by moving from microservices to monolith: Amazon internal case study raises eyebrows by Tim Anderson
An Amazon case study from the Prime Video team has caused some surprise and amusement in the developer community, thanks to its frank assessment of how to save money by moving from a microservices architecture to a monolith, and avoiding costly services such as AWS Step Functions and Lambda serverle

Honorable Mentions

There are so many great blog posts, tutorials, use cases, and more shared each week by the #serverless community, that picking just a few to feature is really hard. So here are some other honorable mentions chosen by our readers.

This Amazon Prime Video team throws AWS Serverless under a bus

Return of the Monolith: Amazon Dumps Microservices for Video Monitoring by Joab Jackson
A blog post from the engineering team at Amazon Prime Video has been roiling the cloud native computing community with its explanation that, at least in the case of video monitoring, a monolithic architecture has produced superior performance than a microservices and serverless-led approach.

Strategies for a Faster Lambda Development
Starting with AWS Lambda can be challenging, especially when optimizing and streamlining the development process.

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About the Author

Jeremy is the CEO and Founder of Ampt and an AWS Serverless Hero that has a soft spot for helping people solve problems using serverless. He frequently consults with companies and developers transitioning away from the traditional “server-full” approach. You can find him ranting about serverless on Twitter, in several forums and Slack groups, hosting the Serverless Chats podcast, and at conferences around the world.


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