1-3 March 2019

City, University London

Introduction to Serverless


This session is fun and useful for developers, hosting engineers and managers. No deep technical knowledge is required.

Session details

Serverless does not mean there are no servers; those are only just hidden from you. Scale with ease without provisioning server and without paying for idle...is this for real? Yes it is! Can Drupal also be part of a serverless architecure? You bet! Can Drupal itself run serverles? Maybe... Are you looking to expand your knowledge in the field of DevOps and development? This is for you! This talk will introduce the concept of serverless architecture and will cover it's advantages and disadvantages. You will learn about the common use cases where serverless is useful and I will show the concepts behind some projects that I've built using a serverless architecture. Think about things like automatic content injection/moderation/enrichment, video encoding with ffmpeg, chat bots, APIs and much more. After this talk you will understand why serverless architecture is great and you will be excited to create your own serverless solutions to make your life easier. And last but not least...it's lot's of fun!

After this session you will know:

  • What "serverless" actually means
  • What the difference is with containers
  • Where and how you can run your serverless code
  • What types of serverless are common
  • Common use cases
  • Example projects where we used this in production
  • The advantages and disadvantages
  • How this architecture can be combined with Drupal
  • About the possibility to create a serverless state machine
  • How you can get started today (for free!)

About me

I've been a PHP developer for 12 years and recently changed into the role of Technical Director at MediaMonks, the biggest digital production agency on the planet. I've done sessions at various events including local meetups, DrupalCamps, Drupal Dev Days, Decoupled Drupal Days and Drupal Europe.

Message for the review team

Serverless architecture is fairly new and it's gaining a lot of popularity. Although the session isn't aimed at Drupal specifically this session can attract both Drupal developers looking to broaden their knowledge. It's also very interesting for DevOps engineers, technical directors/solution architects and managers. The examples in this session are aimed mostly at Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform services but I am not affiliated with any of them. The "getting started for free" part mentioned in the session is not some kind of referral program but a free tier available that is available for anyone.


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Keynote speakers

Rowan Merewood

Developer @ Google

Saturday AM

Preston So

Director of R&I @ Acquia

Sunday AM

Sally Young

Developer @ Lullabot

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