Below you will find whitepapers about AWS Lambda and running serverless architectures at scale.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 major brands such as ESPN, eBay, Fox, Salesforce, RueLaLa and the New York Times.With AWS Lambda, various engineering teams at Localytics can tap into parallel data streams to create microservices independent from the main analytics application. 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.

Realtor.com 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.

Customer Stories

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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