Build & maintain complex distributed systems
17–18 October 2017: Training
18–20 October 2017: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK

Confusion in the land of the serverless

Sam Newman (Independent)
11:2012:00 Friday, 20 October 2017
Location: Park Suite
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 8 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Developers, sysadmins, tech leads, and CTOs

What you'll learn

  • Gain a firm grasp of what serverless computing is
  • Learn tips for using serverless computing solutions in a hybrid environment
  • Understand the challenges in using previously well-understood resilience patterns in building architectures that make use of serverless computing and discover where it makes sense for you to give serverless a try


Like any hyped technology, serverless computing promises a lot. However questions remain around its concept and implementation, especially when you start to compare how we’ve built systems in the past, and what serverless offers us now. Sam Newman asks (and answers), “Is serverless the future or just the emperor’s new clothes?” You’ll gain a firm grasp of what serverless computing can offer and cut through some of the hype to understand where and how you can use it in your own organizations.

Topics include:

  • How does serverless change your attitude to security?
  • Is it easier or harder to create reliable, resilient systems?
  • Do patterns like circuit breakers and connection pools make sense any more?
  • Is vendor lock-in a problem?
  • Is serverless computing only for microservice architectures?
  • Which problems best fit serverless computing?
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Sam Newman


Sam Newman is an independent consultant specializing in helping people ship software fast. Sam has worked extensively with the cloud, continuous delivery, and microservices and is especially preoccupied with understanding how to more easily deploy working software into production. For the last few years, he has been exploring the capabilities of microservice architectures. He has worked with a variety of companies in multiple domains around the world, often with one foot in the developer world and another in the IT operations space. Previously, he spent over a decade at ThoughtWorks and then another year with a startup. Sam speaks frequently at conferences. He is the author of Building Microservices (O’Reilly). If you would like to get in touch, please email him.