Posts Tagged serverless

Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Serverless

Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Serverless

The previous article was a deep dive into virtual machines. First, we used the Azure Portal to create and deploy a virtual machine; then, we repeated the process using infrastructure as code. We further demonstrated how to automate provisioning as part of cloud engineering’s build and deploy processes.

This article will explore the other end of the cloud infrastructure with serverless, which is an on-demand, fully-managed cloud architecture.

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Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Introduction

Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Introduction

The Azure cloud platform includes over 200 products and cloud services. Wherever you are in your Microsoft cloud engineering journey, you should be familiar with these top 5 cloud tasks that are essential building blocks commonly used to deploy applications and infrastructure to the Azure cloud.

In this series of articles, we’ll go in-depth on virtual machines, Azure Functions, static websites, building an Azure Kubernetes Service cluster and deploying applications on AKS, and DevOps with Azure App Service.

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How Webiny Built a Serverless Application Framework

How Webiny Built a Serverless Application Framework

Building an open-source framework for building serverless applications has many challenges, one of which is deploying cloud infrastructure resources. In this article, learn how Webiny uses Pulumi to enable its users to easily deploy and develop applications built on top of serverless cloud technologies.

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Upcoming Workshops and Events

Upcoming Workshops and Events

It’s a new year and it’s time to level up your cloud engineering skills. Pulumi is there to get you started on your cloud engineering journey with workshops and technical sessions.

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Running Container Images in AWS Lambda

Running Container Images in AWS Lambda

When AWS Lambda launched in 2014, it pioneered the concept of Function-as-a-Service. Developers could write a function in one of the supported programming languages, upload it to AWS, and Lambda executes the function on every invocation.

Ever since then, a zip archive of application code or binaries has been the only supported deployment option. Even AWS Lambda Layers—reusable components automatically merged into the application code—used the zip packaging format.

Today, AWS announced that AWS Lambda now supports packaging serverless functions as container images. This means that you can deploy a custom Docker or OCI image as an AWS Lambda function.

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Using Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) with AWS Lambda

Using Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) with AWS Lambda

Ever since AWS Lambda was released in 2015, users have wanted persistent file storage beyond the small 512MB /tmp disk allocated to each Lambda function. The following year, Amazon launched EFS, offering a simple managed file system service for AWS, but initially only available to mount onto Amazon EC2 instances. Over the last few months, AWS has been extending access to EFS to all of the modern compute offerings. First EKS for Kubernetes, then ECS and Fargate for containers. Today, AWS announced that EFS is now also supported in Lambda, providing easy access to network file systems from your serverless functions.

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Architecture as Code: Serverless

Architecture as Code: Serverless

In this fourth installment of Architecture as Code series, we’ll take a look at serverless, an architectural pattern that has quickly gained popularity among cloud practitioners. There are two reasons why serverless usage has proliferated: a cost-saving pay as you go model and elasticity that goes from zero to as many as needed to complete the task without managing servers.

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Controlling AWS Costs with Pulumi and AWS Lambda

Controlling AWS Costs with Pulumi and AWS Lambda

Due to the nature of the product we build, the Pulumi team needs to have access to several cloud providers to develop and test the product. An increasing number of cloud providers comes with an associated ever-increasing cost.

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Architecture as Code

Architecture as Code

Abstraction is key to building resilient systems because it encapsulates behavior and decouples code, letting each component perform its function independently. The same principles apply to infrastructure, where we want to declare behavior or state and not implementation details. As an industry, we’ve moved away from monolithic applications to distributed systems such as serverless, microservices, Kubernetes, and virtual machine deployments. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the characteristics of these architectures and how Pulumi can abstract the components that comprise these systems.

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Scheduling Serverless

Scheduling Serverless

Scheduling events has long been an essential part of automation; many tasks need to run at specific times or intervals. You could be checking StackOverflow for new questions every 20 minutes or compiling a report that is emailed every other Friday at 4:00 pm. Today, many of these tasks can be efficiently accomplished in the cloud. While each cloud has its flavor of scheduled functions, this post steps you through an example using AWS CloudWatch with the help of Pulumi.

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