Symphonia's Serverless Insights - April, 2017
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Welcome to the latest issue of Symphonia’s Serverless Insights newsletter. Our mission is to bring the benefits of Serverless to both our clients and the industry at large, and we're excited to share our latest thoughts with you. 

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News from the Serverless World

Google Cloud Functions is finally … beta! After over a year in alpha status, Cloud Functions are now available as a public beta, which means that anyone can sign up and try them out. To sweeten the deal, the Google Cloud Platform free trial now lasts for up to 12 months!

And, hot off the presses from the AWS Summit in San Francisco - X-Ray for Lambda - which allows you to trace events through Lambda functions and on to other AWS services. This is another solid step towards effectively monitoring Serverless applications at scale.

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News from the Symphonia World

Our O’Reilly report, titled “What is Serverless?”, is coming out soon!

Symphonia’s 2017 speaking tour continues with:

We’re also excited to be giving some Serverless tutorials and workshops: You can check out the rest of our upcoming (and past) events on our website, and watch videos of our recent talks like “Fearless JVM Lambdas (in Clojure)” from Clojure/west, and “An Introduction to Serverless” from the O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference.

On the writing front, Mike’s Learning Lambda series is a great resource for those just starting out with Serverless, or curious about AWS Lambda and Java! For a deeper technical dive, check out John’s article on The Occasional Chaos of AWS Lambda Runtime Performance.

One more thing

The recent S3 outage was an inconvenient but timely reminder to make sure you’re taking advantage of your cloud vendor’s disaster recovery options. And, as Ben Kehoe points out, don’t react to the outage by making an expensive decision!

In AWS’ case, it was a reminder not to host the status icon for a system on that same system! On the other hand, we think that the AWS response to the outage was absolutely first-class - rather than blame the operator, fix the process and the tools. Bravo!

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