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Stacks on Stacks is a serverless technology blog by Stackery.
Blog, cloud infrastructure

Introducing the CDN node

By Apurva Jantrania

With Stackery, you could use the Object Store node to serve files to your users - it provides a simple way to host files for your users, from static websites to large video files and everything in between. Hosted on Amazon's S3, you can be assured that the files in the Object Store node will have high reliability. However, users today demand instantaneous access and are more likely than not to leave if your site takes too long to load for them.  Read on ..
Databases, Serverless, cloud infrastructure, AWS Lambda, AWS DynamoDB

Stackery Support For NoSQL Tables

By Chase Douglas

One piece of technology that goes hand-in-hand with serverless tech is NoSQL databases. They tend to be more granularly scalable, as their scaling mechanism is some form of "just throw more shards into it." And with recent improvements, services like AWS DynamoDB even have auto-scaling support. Read on ..
best practices, Serverless, hapi, cloud infrastructure, api, AWS Lambda

Porting to serverless

By Marketing

Unless you have the luxury of building your application from scratch, chances are you'll face a point where you'll have to decide on a strategy for migrating your application to a serverless/functions-as-a-service (FaaS) architecture. While some considerations, like support for your application's language and runtime version, are fairly straightforward, your overall strategy will probably depend on a number of factors including your application's maturity, architecture, and framework. Read on ..
Blog, security, cloud infrastructure

Bastion Nodes For Your Virtual Network

By Apurva Jantrania

So you've got a Virtual Network set up to secure your resources, fantastic! But sometimes, your users or developers will need access to those secured resources from outside the Virtual Network. Maybe they need to make a quick update to a database, or an unexpected debug session requires a peek into your tables. That's exactly what a Bastion node is there to do. Read on ..
Databases, best practices, Serverless, security, cloud infrastructure

Using Virtual Networks To Secure Your Resources

By Chase Douglas

In this post, I'm going to highlight one of Stackery's more interesting nodes. The Virtual Network node provides a powerful mechanism for securely deploying resources inside a private network. Read on ..
Serverless, cloud infrastructure, api

Easy Custom Domains For Serverless APIs

By Chase Douglas

Because serverless tech is so new, sometimes we find ourselves waiting for features that ought to have been available from the start. Today, Stackery can check-off another feature that will make it much easier for people to start building serverless Rest Apis. One fundamental aspect of building a Rest Api is Read on ..
Process Improvements, DevOps, best practices, Serverless, cloud infrastructure

The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Serverless

By Marketing

Stackery is all about serverless, but when I started working here, I had never even heard of the term before. Since starting, I have been hounded by friends and family to explain what Stackery does, which always leads to questions about serverless that I didn’t know the answer to. Two months into the job, I’ve decided it is time to answer some of those questions for myself and others who might be new to the space. I now present to you the 5 W’s of serverless: Who? What? When? Where? And Why? Read on ..
Serverless, cloud infrastructure, api

Serving Binary Files Using Serverless APIs

By Chase Douglas

One of the challenges of building a serverless API is handling binary data. The main serverless API platforms, like AWS API Gateway, only have ancillary support for binary data. Further, binary data handling is inefficient as the data is encoded using base64 format. Taking into account the message payload limits of AWS Lambda, the maximum size for binary request and response payloads is 4.5 KB. This may be enough for an icon, but not enough for even a small image. Luckily, there's another mechanism for handling binary data: redirects using AWS S3 signed URLs. Read on ..
DevOps, Serverless, cloud infrastructure

Serverless Is Awesome For APIs

By Chase Douglas

The biggest usage of serverless technologies today is around event-driven workflows in the backend of a system. Examples include receiving an event from an S3 bucket when a video is uploaded, then using a serverless function to spin up a Docker container to transcode the video. However, serverless technologies can provide even bigger wins in when they are used for API services. Read on ..
DevOps, Serverless, cloud infrastructure

Managed Services: the No-Ops We've Been Looking For?

By Marketing

I've been hearing increasing chatter about an (arguably still mythical) trend towards NoOps. From my perspective, NoOps is the idealization that infrastructure can become so abstracted and automated that no dedicated Ops team is required to manage it. Read on ..
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