AWS Lambda Containers

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Bret and Nirmal are joined by Ken Collins, AWS Serverless Hero and Principal Engineer at Custom Ink to discuss all things Lambda and to dig into the details of running containers in serverless.

Ken and I have known each other for probably 15 years in the local tech scene here in coastal Virginia. And I've always respected him for being a leader in that community, always wanting to talk at a meetup or help in some way.

So when he reached out wanting to talk about his company using containers on AWS Lambda, it was an easy sell for me because I knew it would be a great show. And then I learned some of the updates Lambda has had over the years, particularly when it comes to container workflows.

We had some great audience questions and no shortage of topics around using modern Lambda and serverless.

Live recording of the complete show from September 7, 2023 is on YouTube (Ep. #233).

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  • (00:00) - Intro
  • (01:27) - What Does Lambda Have to Do with Containers?
  • (10:14) - Is There ARM Available in Lambda?
  • (13:44) - What is Web Adapter?
  • (19:54) - Cold Starts in Kubernetes vs Lambda
  • (31:32) - Patterns for Lambda Communicating with Other Services
  • (40:24) - Using Lambda Simultaneously for HTTP and Sockets
  • (43:30) - What is Lamby?
  • (45:05) - Hiding Function URLs Behind Custom Domain
  • (45:53) - Are There Sample Lambda Project Re pos?

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Creators and Guests

Bret Fisher
Bret Fisher
Cloud native DevOps Dude. Course creator, YouTuber, Podcaster. Docker Captain and CNCF Ambassador. People person who spends too much time in front of a computer.
Nirmal Mehta
Nirmal Mehta
Principal Specialist Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Beth Fisher
Beth Fisher
Producer of DevOps and Docker Talk podcast since 2019. Assistant producer on Bret Fisher Live show on YouTube. Business and proposal writer by trade.
Cristi Cotovan
Cristi Cotovan
Video editor and educational content producer. Descript and Camtasia coach.
Ken Collins
Ken Collins
Principal Engineer; AWS Serverless Hero 🦸‍♂️; Cloud Architect; GenAI R&D; @CustomInk @CustomInkTech. AWS Certified Developer.
AWS Lambda Containers
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