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How We Used Serverless to Speed Up Our Servers

At Honeycomb, customers send us lots of data and then compose complex, ad-hoc queries. Most are simple, some are not. Some are REALLY not; this load is both complex, spontaneous, and urgent. It would be prohibitively expensive to size a server cluster to handle these big queries quickly, so we took a different approach: farm the work out to Lambda, Amazon's serverless offering. In this model, Lambda becomes an on-demand accelerator for our always-on servers. The benefits are immense, improving response times by an order of magnitude. But the challenges are numerous and often unexpected. In this talk, I'll review the benefits and constraints of serverless-as-accelerator, and give practical advice based on our own hard-won experience.


Jessica Kerr

Principal Developer Evangelist @honeycombio

Jessica Kerr (@jessitron) is a Principal Developer Evangelist at After twenty years as a developer, she sees software as a significant force in the world. As software engineers, we change reality--including our own, and that's developer experience! Jess lives in St. Louis,...

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Monday Apr 4 / 01:40PM BST (50 minutes)


Churchill, G flr.


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