4 Tools For Building Production Serverless Architectures with Lambda

The Serverless Framework offers one of the fastest and cheapest ways to produce scalable and modern backend applications. However, building these event-based systems differs quite a lot from traditional applications both by development workflow and production infrastructure.

The main difficulty of developing these systems is the inability to test code locally and also the difficulty of orchestrating large number of functions to work together. It is also complicated to monitor the functions and have an overview of how each service is operating.

Here are some of the tools that help to maintain function-based services and improve the development workflow.

1. Dashbird

Dashbird is a service made to monitor, debug and improve lambda functions.

It gives developers a real-time overview of all lambda executions and detects errored invocations in them. This allows users to easily to monitor traffic and ensure service quality.

dashbird dashboard

Overview dashboard

The service also stores details and logs about every code execution which is perfect for later

log streamer

Lambda dashboard

In addition Dashbird offers powerful tools to process function logs, like searching and live tailing.

Setup

Setting up Dashbird takes about 5 minutes and requires no code changes. You can read more about setup here.

Dashbird is currently free of charge!

TL;DR

2. SumoLogic

SumoLogic is a machine data analytics service for log management and time-series metrics.

With SumoLogic, developers can construct meaningful dashboards to monitor specific parts of the system that are especially important. SumoLogic is also lightning-fast for searching over large amounts of data.

SumoLogic dashboard to monitor integrations

Setup

To set up SumoLogic, you have to subscribe a lambda to CloudWatch log groups posts data to SumoLogic via a HTTP endpoint.

A more detailed instruction can be found here.

Be mindful that CloudWatch currently allows only one subscription per log group, meaning that no room if left for other subscriptions.

TL;DR

  • custom dashboards
  • log search
  • subscription to CloudWatch required
  • $108/mo for professional, has freemium

3. Sentry

Sentry is a real-time error tracking service.

With Sentry, developers get notified instantly when errors occur in live environments. This is crucial for reacting quickly and ensuring customer satisfaction. Along with every report, sentry gathers stack traces for faster and better debugging.

Sentry also analyzes the impact of each release, so it’s easy to later see which release introduced which bugs.

TL;DR

  • real-time error reporting
  • version statistics
  • implementation required
  • event-based pricing, has freemium

4. Offline Serverless plugins

Serverless has a lot of useful plugins to test code locally before deploying to a remote environment. This helps developers save time from unnecessary deploys.

Here are some of the plugins to use:

Conclusion

Working with serverless systems is great when you find the right tools that work for you. With these tools, you can fix errors faster and be more connected to your serverless applications.

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Made by developers for developers

Dashbird was born out of our own need for an enhanced serverless debugging and monitoring tool, and we take pride in being developers.

What our customers say

Dashbird gives us a simple and easy to use tool to have peace of mind and know that all of our Serverless functions are running correctly. We are instantly aware now if there’s a problem. We love the fact that we have enough information in the Slack notification itself to take appropriate action immediately and know exactly where the issue occurred.

Thanks to Dashbird the time to discover the occurrence of an issue reduced from 2-4 hours to a matter of seconds or minutes. It also means that hundreds of dollars are saved every month.

Great onboarding: it takes just a couple of minutes to connect an AWS account to an organization in Dashbird. The UI is clean and gives a good overview of what is happening with the Lambdas and API Gateways in the account.

I mean, it is just extremely time-saving. It’s so efficient! I don’t think it’s an exaggeration or dramatic to say that Dashbird has been a lifesaver for us.

Dashbird provides an easier interface to monitor and debug problems with our Lambdas. Relevant logs are simple to find and view. Dashbird’s support has been good, and they take product suggestions with grace.

Great UI. Easy to navigate through CloudWatch logs. Simple setup.

Dashbird helped us refine the size of our Lambdas, resulting in significantly reduced costs. We have Dashbird alert us in seconds via email when any of our functions behaves abnormally. Their app immediately makes the cause and severity of errors obvious.