Serverless Zurich Meetup | September 2019

ZHAW School of Engineering

Lagerstrasse 41 · Zürich

How to find us

Room ZL O5.01 - there will be signs giving directions at the entrance.

Location image of event venue


Hi folks,

After a long break, we come back with the first event of 2019.

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Address: ZHAW School of Engineering, Lagerstrasse 41, 8021 Zürich (Very close to Zurich main train station)
Start time: 18:15

We will have two talks:
1) Title: How (not) to deploy serverless applications?
Description: Serverless Framework, AWS SAM, Terraform, Begin/Arc, Claudia.js, Zappa,... So many options, but which one to choose when it comes to automated deployment of serverless applications?

Our team started using AWS Lambda more than 3 years ago powering ops automation for a container-based product. Today all of our systems are running on top of it, consisting of about 40 services and 300+ Lambda functions, with some parts of the infrastructure running on Azure and Google Cloud.

The talk will feature some stories and learnings on how our deployment strategy has evolved over the years. It will also provide an answer to teams setting out on their serverless journey today, on which deployment tool they might want to use to get started on top of good foundations.

Speaker bio: Szilveszter Farkas is a senior software developer in the Rackspace Product Engineering group working on backend/API development. In his previous life, he was one of the first engineers working on Prezi's backend and infrastructure. He is passionate about serverless architectures and continuous delivery. Presented on how to build serverless applications on AWS at the Budapest DevOps meetup. Found home in Zurich, coming from Hungary via San Francisco. Proud father of a two-year-old who already knows more Swiss German than his dad.
2) Title: An analysis of serverless platforms scaling capabilities based on Kafka
Description: The event-driven paradigm, coupled with an ability to rapidly
scale resources up and down are key characteristics of serverless
platforms. As Kafka is the messaging technology de jour, we have
been investigating how different serverless frameworks support
scaling based on Kafka activity. More specifically, we consider the
limitations of Openwhisk and Knative in this regard and share
experience scaling Kubernetes deployments used the KEDA

Speaker bio: Dr. Seán Murphy is a Senior Researcher in the Service
Prototyping Lab (SPLab) in ZHAW. His current interest is in the evolution and use of serverless systems and solutions with a focus on those
built on Open Source technologies. Seán is also the CTO of Cyclops Labs, a lab spinout which provides accounting and billing solutions for usage based services.

Murat Celep