Off-by-none: Issue #286

July 2, 2024

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Serverless Independence πŸ—½

In our previous issue, OpenAI acquired Rockset, Claude 3.5 Sonnet was added to Amazon Bedrock, and Datadog released their State of Cloud Costs report. This week, EventBridge gets some helpful updates, Ampt gets Cost & Usage Reports, and a new AWS Well-Architected cost optimization recommendation leaves me scratching my head. Plus, we have lots of amazing content from the serverless community!

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Serverless News & Announcements πŸ“£

AWS had a busy week, especially with some notable EventBridge announcements. EventBridge Scheduler added more universal targets including Amazon Bedrock to its AWS API actions, bringing the total up to over 7,000. Plus, Amazon EventBridge Pipes now supports AWS PrivateLink and Amazon EventBridge got a new console dashboard.

Amazon Redshift Serverless got a lower base capacity in some additional regions (don't get too excited), AI21 Labs' Jamba-Instruct model is now available in Amazon Bedrock, and Amazon API Gateway WebSocket APIs is now available in 7 additional AWS Regions. I still love this service for one-to-one WebSockets.

AWS also announced updates to the AWS Well-Architected Framework guidance. One of the things that stood out to me was the new COST06-BP04 Consider using shared resources recommendation. In many situations, your choice is to either share resources, or spend an exorbitant amount on idle capacity. The problem is that you generally have to poke holes through bulkheads to make this work, and ultimately violate the other recommendations to isolate workloads in separate accounts. AWS seriously needs to figure this out and manage the multi-tenancy on shared services for you.

If you want to catch up on more serverless happenings at AWS, check out the Serverless ICYMI Q2 2024 post.

And if you need some help figuring out the complexities of AWS, Yasunori Kirimoto created an AWS Heroes Map that lets you easily find AWS Heroes near you.

Speaking of optimizing costs, Ampt just introduced Cost and Usage Reports that let you view 12 months of daily AWS spending history.

Cloudflare just announced embedded function calling in Workers AI. Lots of interesting things happening over there as well.

And finally, according to a report from Omdia's Cloud Software & Services Intelligence Service, serverless computing is now valued at $19bn and is the fastest-growing cloud service. I don't put a lot of stock in these kinds of things, but I saw it mentioned a few times and figured it was worth a share.

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Serverless Concepts πŸ—

Here are a few posts to broaden your understanding of the nuances of serverless:

Serverless Tutorials πŸ‘·β€β™€οΈ

Here's a whole bunch of serverless tutorials to keep you busy this week:

Serverless Reads πŸ€“

Optimizing Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) for speed and scale
Jeff Barr gives us a little peek inside the implementation of Amazon SQS.

How Disney+ Uses Amazon DynamoDB To Serve Billions Of Customer Actions Daily
Uriel Bitton shares how Disney handles billions of bookmarked videos and recommendations each day with AWS.

Let's Talk About Lambdas
Mike Arace gives his take on the pros and cons of using Lambda Functions and when they make the most sense. I agree with much of this (I even joked in the past that Lambda Functions felt like the old days of having a cgi-bin). When it comes to web server or synchronous APIs with consistent traffic, Lambda Functions aren't always the right answer.

Podcasts, Videos, and more 🎧

Productized Patterns: Exploring the next evolution of Serverless
Here is the opening keynote I delivered at ServerlessDays Milano a few weeks ago. This was a fun talk that hopefully gets you thinking about where serverless is going.

Deploy frontends with the CloudFront Hosting Toolkit | Serverless Office Hours
Corneliu Croitoru and Achraf Souk join Julian Wood to show how the toolkit offers the convenience of a managed frontend hosting service while retaining full control over the hosting and deployment infrastructure.

Pathways to Cloud Excellence: Insights from Top Industry Experts | Working in the cloud ☁️
Andres Moreno, Hazel Saenz, and Ian McKay share their journeys in the cloud industry.

AWS Lambda Internals with Julian Wood
In this session, Julian Wood tells all - getting into the detail of exactly how AWS Lambda works and how you can use it effectively.

Serverless Craic Ep56 The Value Flywheel Effect Introduction - Chapter 1
The Serverless Craic team discusses the value flywheel effect in organizations and its application in driving progress and sustainability.

Becoming a full-time serverless content creator with Yan Cui
Yan Cui joins Allen Helton to talk about full-time content creation and consultancy within the serverless world.

AWS Bites #126: Bastion Containers
Eoin and Luciano discusses solutions for securely accessing private VPC resources for debugging and troubleshooting cloud applications.

New from AWS πŸ†•

Here are a few more AWS announcements that might interest you:

Upcoming Serverless Events πŸ—“

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Star of the Week ⭐️

This week's star is Sandro Volpicella (@sandro_vol). Sandro is the Platform Lead at Hashnode, co-author of The CloudWatch Book and AWS Fundementals, an AWS Community Builder, and someone who genuinely loves to teach developers about the cloud. You can find all of Sandro's blogs and publications on his Hashnode profile. Thank you Sandro for educating so many developers!

Final Thoughts πŸ€”

It's 4th of July week here in the United States, so to all my fellow Americans, I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Given most of the news this week, it could possibly be our last (totally kidding 😬).

See you next week,

I hope you enjoyed this newsletter. We’re always looking for ideas and feedback to make it better and more inclusive, so please feel free to reach out to me via X, LinkedIn, or email.

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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 β€œserver-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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