Getting Started

Below you will find step-by-step tutorials on getting started with building your first serverless application. You can also use the AWS Serverless Application Repository to quickly find and deploy applications for common use cases.

In this tutorial, you will learn the basics of running code on AWS Lambda without provisioning or managing servers.

Everything done in this tutorial is Free Tier eligible.

In this learning path, you'll deploy a simple web application that enables users to request unicorn rides from the Wild Rydes fleet.

The AWS Serverless Application Repository is a collection of serverless applications published by developers, companies, and partners. Quickly discover and deploy serverless applications and application components for a variety of common use-cases.

In this workshop you'll deploy a simple web application. The application will also provide facilities for users to register with the service.

In this workshop you'll explore approaches for processing data using serverless architectures. To build this infrastructure, you will use AWS Lambda, Amazon S3, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon Athena.

In this workshop you'll deploy a RESTful API using the AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM). The application architecture uses AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon DynamoDB.

In this module you'll use AWS Step Functions to build an image processing workflow by orchestrating multiple AWS Lambda functions.


Below you will find re:Invent talks and webinars on serverless topics and use cases.

Customer Case Studies

Thomson Reuters uses a serverless architecture to process up to 4,000 events per second for its usage analytics service. The service reliably handles spikes of twice its normal traffic and has high durability. The company deployed the service into production in only five months using AWS.

iRobot, a leading global consumer robot company and the maker of the internet-connected Roomba robotic vacuum, is building the next generation of connected devices for the smart home using a serverless architecture. The iRobot platform, based on AWS Lambda and AWS IoT, is managed by fewer than 10 people

Autodesk creates software for the architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, and media and entertainment industries. To manage the increasing number of AWS accounts, Autodesk created Tailor. By using a serverless architecture, Autodesk was able to get Tailor up and running in 1 month. 

Financial Engines is the largest independent investment advisor in the US by assets under management. By moving their core platform to a serverless architecture powered by AWS Lambda, Financial Engines has benefited from cost savings, zero administration and downtime, and seamless scaling that handles request rates of up to 60,000 per minute. 


Netflix is one of the world's largest online media streaming providers. The company is planning to use AWS Lambda to build rule-based self-managing infrastructure and replace inefficient processes to reduce the rate of errors and save valuable time.

MLBAM is the digital arm of Major League Baseball. Their product Statcast delivers real-time game-play data to broadcasters. MLBAM uses AWS Lambda to enhance and transform the raw data and increase the speed, scalability and ability for MLBAM to capture, analyze, and deliver large quantities of data to their fans.

Square Enix uses AWS Lambda to run image processing for its Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG). With AWS Lambda, Square Enix was able to reliably handle spikes of up to 30 times normal traffic. Lambda also lowered the time required for image processing from several hours to just over 10 seconds, and reduced infrastructure and operational costs.

Guardian News Media publishes the Guardian and the Observer. The company uses AWS Step Functions to coordinate AWS Lambda functions to build reliable workflows. This serverless architecture allowed for rapid creation of new internal business workflows and orchestration of data across different systems.

Benchling is a life science software company. They have created CRISPR, a breakthrough technique that researchers use to modify parts of a genome with extreme precision. To increase scalability while reducing costs, Benchling built their application using serverless architecture. Scientists using Benchling's platform can now spend more time focusing on research that isn't hindered by performance limitations.

Zapproved, a SaaS provider that helps customers in the legal industry manage litigation response processes, built a modern software platform from the ground up on AWS Lambda. By using serverless, Zapproved has enjoyed benefits such as efficiency, faster growth, quicker time to market, and lower costs.

Localytics is a web and mobile app analytics and engagement company, with brands such as ESPN, eBay, Fox, Salesforce, RueLaLa and the New York Times. With AWS Lambda, various teams at Localytics can tap into parallel data streams to create independent microservices. It enables the company to get new services to customers faster. For a startup, faster time to market is key.

Nordstrom built a new recommendations engine leveraging AWS Lambda to process customer requests. As a result, the company can reduce costs, improve its customer experience, and develop new features without having the need to provision new on-premises IT infrastructure.

VidRoll is a video technology and monetization platform for content publishers and uses AWS Lambda to power the business logic for real-time ad bidding and transcode video ads in real-time. 

Palringo is the world’s largest network for mobile community gaming. Using AWS Lambda, Palringo built a scalable stream processing pipeline that produces real-time metrics and visualizations and delivers them directly to internal stakeholders and external customers.

The Seattle Times is the largest daily newspaper in Washington State, with a website that gets 32 million page views each month. The Seattle Times uses AWS Lambda to resize images for viewing on different devices such as desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones.

AOL has several lines of business, including digital advertising, multiple web properties, and membership services. The company uses AWS Lambda for creating serverless architectures. runs a popular online real estate listing website that provides millions of for-sale listings and other information for buyers, sellers, and renters. The company uses AWS Lambda to run its Turbo Listings product.

Alt/S is a tech startup that specializes in data analytics and insights, moving the focus from reporting to actionable insights, predictive analytics, and next-gen applications. Alt/S built a completely serverless backend platform using AWS Lambda and related Amazon Web Services (AWS) products.

PhotoVogue is an online photography platform that is part of Vogue Italia. By using AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway, PhotoVogue was able to improve customer experience while cutting IT costs.

Customer Stories

AWS Step Functions makes it easy to coordinate AWS Lambda functions. In this session, we’ll present a series of innovative applications of state machines from all sorts of customers. Guest-star Coca-Cola will show how they used Step Functions to support vending loyalty programs and product nutrition syndication.

In this 2017 re:Invent session, we will discuss how high performance computing (HPC) and grid computing are evolving to leverage serverless architectures with AWS Lambda. Fannie Mae describe the journey to develop the first serverless HPC platform in its industry. They will cover how Lambda has enabled the company to perform quadrillions of calculations each month, at a fraction of the cost and effort.

Learn how Nextdoor replaced their home-grown data pipeline based on a topology of Flume nodes with a completely serverless architecture based on Kinesis and Lambda. By making these changes, they improved both the reliability of their data and the delivery times of billions of records of data to their Amazon S3–based data lake and Amazon Redshift cluster.

By combining microservices and serverless technologies, you can achieve ultimate flexibility and agility, while greatly reducing operational overhead and cost. National Geographic will share how it built its content personalization NG1 platform using a serverless, microservices architecture. 

Verizon's Revvel team migrated from transcoding video on EC2 instances to a serverless pipeline using AWS Lambda and Amazon S3. The Revvel team will cover how they were able to achieve massive parallelization while never paying for idle resources, and best practices for creating a custom CI/CD pipeline for Lambda functions.

Listen to how iRobot approaches serverless deployment. They will share how they achieve coordinated deployments of microservices, maintain long-lived and/or separately-managed resources (like databases), and red/black deployments.

Principal architect Mike Broadway describes how HomeAway built a high-throughput, scalable pipeline for manipulating, storing, and serving hundreds of image files every second with Lambda, Amazon S3, DynamoDB, and Amazon SNS.

Agero protects 80 million motorists in North America through their software-enabled driver safety services. To address rising crash fatalities, Agero built a near real-time driver behavior analysis platform that provides actionable insights to its customers on how to become safer drivers. The backend is built on Lambda, DynamoDB, Amazon S3, Kinesis, and Amazon Redshift.

CapitalOne will talk about how they migrated millions of transactions to a completely serverless architecture and built a scalable, resilient and fast transaction platform by leveraging DynamoDB, AWS Lambda and other services within the serverless ecosystem.

See how Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's software engineers utilize AWS Lambda and serverless architecture to enable better collaboration between researchers and engineers, and to power the data processing systems.

Learn how Financial Engines leverages AWS X-Ray to debug, monitor, and analyze latency data for its serverless applications. Financial Engines will also share some best practices for debugging and reporting.

DataDome, a startup that helps you to identify bot traffic to your site and block bad bots, share their experience with Lambda@Edge and CloudFront. Deployed globally on CloudFront PoP locations, DataDome's bot protection service can now be activated in one-click through the AWS console.

In this 2016 re:Invent talk, Coca-Cola North America will give a glimpse into the tools and strategies they’ve developed to make their next generation of digital marketing applications completely serverless.

In this re:Invent 2016 talk, Hearst, one of the largest publishers of monthly magazines, shows how they took their old cron-based Clickstream and turned it into a serverless solution with AWS Lambda.

Thomson Reuters discuss how they built their Product Insights tool for internal use and analytics tracking using AWS Lambda.

In the middle of 2015, Expedia started using AWS Lambda for serverless computing. Expedia has built boilerplate templates in Node.js, Java, and Python so development teams could build and deploy serverless applications into AWS. Currently, they have 300 AWS Lambda functions processing 40 million invocations per day.

FINRA, the financial industry regulator authority, monitors 99% of all trading in US-listed equities and performs 1/2 trillion validations a day. Hear how they used a AWS Lambda-centric serverless solution to build their validation platform.

In this re:Invent 2016 talk, Vevo, an American multinational video hosting service shares their journey from monolithic legacy services to modern microservices architecture using services such as AWS Lambda which has helped speed up the development process and time to market.

In this episode of This Is My Architecture, Amit from CA Technologies explains how they built a serverless AWS Lambda function deployment pipeline using Amazon S3, Amazon SNS, and additional Lambda functions for release automation.

Blog posts

Bryan Liston and Stefano Buliani
20 DEC 2016

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