How can we apply the principles of chaos engineering to AWS Lambda?

This is the first of a mul­ti­part series that explores ideas on how we could apply the prin­ci­ples of chaos engi­neer­ing to server­less archi­tec­tures built around Lamb­da func­tions. part 1: how can we apply prin­ci­ples of chaos engi­neer­ing to Lamb­da? <- you’re here part 2: laten­cy injec­tion for APIs part 3: fault injec­tion for Lamb­da …

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Mind the 75GB limit on AWS Lambda deployment packages

Got­ta clean up those old Lamb­da deploy­ment pack­ages! With AWS Lamb­da and the Server­less frame­work, deploy­ing your code has become so sim­ple and fric­tion­less. As you move more and more of your archi­tec­ture to run on Lamb­da, you might find that, in addi­tion to get­ting things done faster you are also deploy­ing your code more fre­quent­ly. That’s awe­some! But, …

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You should use SSM Parameter Store over Lambda env variables

AWS Lamb­da announced native sup­port for envi­ron­ment vari­ables at the end of 2016. But even before that, the Server­less frame­work had sup­port­ed envi­ron­ment vari­ables and I was using them hap­pi­ly as me and my team at the time migrat­ed our mono­lith­ic Node.js back­end to server­less. How­ev­er, as our archi­tec­ture expand­ed we found sev­er­al draw­backs with man­ag­ing con­fig­u­ra­tions with envi­ron­ment vari­ables. …

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Using Protocol Buffers with API Gateway and AWS Lambda

AWS announced bina­ry sup­port for API Gate­way in late 2016, which opened up the door for you to use more effi­cient bina­ry for­mats such as Google’s Pro­to­col Buffers and Apache Thrift. Why? Com­pared to JSON — which is the bread and but­ter for APIs built with API Gate­way and Lamb­da — these bina­ry for­mats can pro­duce sig­nif­i­cant­ly small­er pay­loads. At scale, …

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Capture and forward correlation IDs through different Lambda event sources

Server­less archi­tec­tures are microser­vices by default, you need cor­re­la­tion IDs to help debug issues that spans across mul­ti­ple func­tions, and pos­si­bly dif­fer­ent event source types — asyn­chro­nous, syn­chro­nous and streams. This is the last of a 3-part mini series on man­ag­ing your AWS Lamb­da logs. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, please give it a read now. …

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Tips and tricks for logging and monitoring AWS Lambda functions

The com­mon prac­tice of using agents/daemons to buffer and batch send logs and met­rics are no longer applic­a­ble in the world of server­less. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your log­ging and mon­i­tor­ing infra­struc­ture for your func­tions. This is part 2 of a 3-part mini series on man­ag­ing your …

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Centralised logging for AWS Lambda

Cloud­Watch Logs is hard­ly the ide­al fit for all your log­ging needs, for­tu­nate­ly you can eas­i­ly stream the logs to your pre­ferred log aggre­ga­tion ser­vice with AWS Lamb­da func­tions. This is the first of a 3-part mini series on man­ag­ing your AWS Lamb­da logs. In part 1 we will look at how you can get …

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Write recursive AWS Lambda functions the right way

You may not realise that you can write AWS Lamb­da func­tions in a recur­sive man­ner to per­form long-run­n­ing tasks. Here’s two tips to help you do it right. AWS Lamb­da lim­its the max­i­mum exe­cu­tion time of a sin­gle invo­ca­tion to 5 min­utes. Whilst this lim­it might be raised in the future, it’s like­ly that you’ll still …

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Many-faced threats to Serverless security

Threats to the secu­ri­ty of our server­less appli­ca­tions take many forms, some are the same old foes we have faced before; some are new; and some have tak­en on new forms in the server­less world. As we adopt the server­less par­a­digm for build­ing cloud-host­ed appli­ca­tions, we del­e­gate even more of the oper­a­tional respon­si­bil­i­ties to our …

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The problems with DynamoDB Auto Scaling and how it might be improved

TL;DR — AWS announced the long await­ed auto scal­ing capa­bil­i­ty for DynamoDB, but we found it takes too long to scale up and doesn’t scale up aggres­sive­ly enough as it’s held back by using con­sumed capac­i­ty as scal­ing met­ric rather than actu­al request count. Here at Space Ape Games we devel­oped an in-house tech to auto scale DynamoDB …

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