#200 — January 23, 2019

Read on the Web

Web Operations Weekly

You're Thinking About Serverless Costs All Wrong — In the past year there have been a few articles warning us that serverless costs can escalate quickly, but Yan Cui thinks a lot of less obvious elements of cost are being ignored and that serverless ultimately presents a good deal compared to the alternatives.

Yan Cui

AWS Backup: Amazon's New Service for Automating Backups — Amazon has unveiled its latest AWS service, Backup. You can create backup plans, policies, and find/restore backups from one central place. It works with things like EBS volumes, DynamoDB, and RDS, and backups up to S3 or Glacier.

Jeff Barr

📈Data-Driven Guide to Engineering Leadership — Ship faster because you know more, not because you're rushing. Get actionable insights from 7 million commits and 85,000+ software engineers, to increase your team's velocity. Free Guide.

GitPrime sponsor

DHS Prepares Emergency Order to Prevent DNS Hijacking — As the US government’s shutdown drags on, the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to issue an emergency directive ordering agencies to secure login credentials for their DNS services. This comes on top of other consequences of the shutdown including TLS certificates not getting renewed for many government Web sites.

Sean Lyngaas (CyberScoop)

Go Now Supported on Google Cloud Functions — Go joins Node and Python as supported languages on Google’s serverless platform and answer to AWS Lambda. Here’s some quick-start docs and a really well produced 3 minute video introduction.

Google Cloud Blog

AWS CodePipeline Now Supports Deploying to Amazon S3

Amazon Web Services, Inc.

European Commission to Revoke British .eu Domains After Brexit — If you’re British or run a British company and own any .eu domains, you might want to get a plan in place ASAP.

Samuel Stolton

Travis CI Acquired by Idera — Idera is notable for acquiring mature technology projects and companies (such as Embarcadero and Sencha).

Konstantin Haase

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💬 Stories & Opinions

Automated Internet Speedtests for Distributed Networks — How a popular American chicken restaurant (known for running a lot of technology at the ‘edge’ in each of their outlets) chain monitors circuit capacity at over 2,000 locations daily.

Stuart Vassey and Colleen Hutson (Chick-fil-A)

How to Rewrite Your Bedrock Application While Remaining Operational — The story of how Chargify did a code rewrite of a legacy app by splitting their engineering team in two, one group to lead the rewrite, and the other to keep the existing product running..

Michael Klett

Webinar: Introduction to Chaos Engineering with Kolton Andrus

Gremlin sponsor

Caching Beyond RAM: The Case for NVMe — Exploring the possibility of using new storage devices to reduce DRAM dependency for cache workloads.

Alan Kasindorf

'API Gateways' Are Going Through an Identity Crisis — ‘API gateway’ is beginning to pick up a lot of different definitions. What are they, and where do they fit into the bigger picture?

Christian Posta

Collecting Kubernetes Failure Stories“It should make it easier for people tasked with operations to find outage reports to learn from..” The actual list is here.

Henning Jacobs

Behind the Scenes of the Network that Powered AWS re:Invent 2018 — Amazon’s Jeff Barr reveals how Amazon and CenturyLink designed a network that provided 180Gbps of bandwidth at AWS’s re:Invent event last year.

Jeff Barr (AWS)

Why GraphQL is Taking Over APIs

Azat Mardan

🔧 Tools

Ouroboros: Automatically Update Running Docker Containers with Latest Images — Monitors running Docker containers and updates them to the latest (or tagged) image in the registry.

Caleb Lemoine

A Well-Documented Webpack Boilerplate for Static Websites — ..that has all the necessary modern tools and optimizations built-in. It also has a perfect Lighthouse score.

Tristan Michael Lawrence

Headless 🤯 ECommerce with GraphQL as a Service — Manage super rich and beautifully structured product information at scale with the Crystallize headless ecommerce service.

Crystallize sponsor

Quiche: Cloudflare's Implementation of the QUIC Protocol, Built on Rust — Allows Cloudflare (and, perhaps, you) to experiment with the latest features of QUIC more easily.

Alessandro Ghedini (Cloudflare)