Expert advice on moving to serverless

We asked seven serverless experts, knowing what they know now, what piece of advice would they give to their past selves on moving to serverless. Here’s what they had to say:

Ben Ellerby, AWS Serverless Hero and VP of Engineering at Theodo

Serverless is a mindset change, bring your teams with you on the journey. Show them the power of Serverless hands-on—and invest in the developer experience of your pipelines from day 1.

Ben Smith, Senior developer advocate for serverless at AWS

Building with serverless technologies is liberating. It enables developers to start at the business logic and continue from prototype through to production. My tip is to start small, choose a new project with a low blast radius, prove the concept, learn the patterns, and iterate.

Dylan Albertazzi, Youtuber and Cloud Engineer

Start small and embrace the journey. Migrating a small piece of your infrastructure that can benefit most from Serverless will build momentum and buy-in for the remainder of your company’s Serverless transformation.

James Beswick, Principal Developer Advocate (Serverless applications) at AWS

Serverless is becoming the primary way to build applications for many companies. In 2020, nearly 50% of all workloads within Amazon were Lambda-based, and we see the same adoption patterns across customers of all sizes. There are today hundreds of thousands of customers running trillions of invocations a month using Lambda.

Coming into 2021, Lambda now has 140 native integrations, making it easier for builders to develop new applications quickly. With the new 1ms billing, I think we’ll see even faster growth for high-performance computing and parallelized workloads. And the new container packaging for Lambda function makes it so much easier for organizations with Docker-based workflows to build their serverless apps with familiar tools.

I’m really excited to see what 2021 brings for serverless. Customers are using Lambda to innovate and create in truly surprising new ways. The serverless community is the most vibrant and engaged that I’ve ever seen. And it’s great to welcome all the new developers, many of which will build massive scale apps without ever having to think about servers.

Ryan Jones, Founder & CEO/CTO at Serverless Guru

When switching to serverless it’s important to not be overwhelmed by the number of serverless choices available. Keep a focus on the core services which will encompass 80-90% of your company’s usage of serverless and then learn the rest as they come up. As the saying goes, “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time” [Desmond Tutu] so don’t take on too much all at once. Once you have a solid foundation then you can move much faster and in most cases have others on your team leverage that foundation to build alongside you in parallel.

Sarah Hamilton, Cloud Developer and Serverless Speaker at Theodo 

There is a great Serverless community online. Reach out and ask plenty of questions – people who have good knowledge in an area generally love to talk about it, so they are a great resource. Serverless, in particular, is moving very quickly, so connecting with the community and reading their content has helped me to keep up to date and apply it to my work.

Anonymous Serverless Architect

“Servers don’t hug you back”

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Migrating to serverless and making it work post transition

What to bear in mind before migrating to serverless?

The best monitoring tools for serverless applications

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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.