Breaking Clouds: Our First Newsletter is Here!
Your weekly dose of cloud computing insights
Hello and welcome to the first issue of Cloudy-with-a-Chance-of-Computing, your weekly newsletter for cloud computing enthusiasts!
I'm excited to share with you a curated list of cloud computing content, including articles, videos, courses and books. Each week, I'll be sharing some of the most thought-provoking, insightful, and practical resources that I've come across in the cloud computing industry. Let's dive in!
You might think that a newsletter about cloud computing would be all about the benefits of the cloud. But the very first recommended content of this cloud computing newsletter is ironically about why some companies may leave the cloud! It's always good to see the other side of the story to get the whole story.
In this post, David Heinemeier Hansson (creator of Ruby on Rails and the CTO of 37signals) explains why 37signals decided to move away from cloud services and back to their own servers. He might be swimming against the current, but he has some compelling arguments.
“….I've yet to hear of organizations at our scale being able to materially shrink their operations team, just because they moved to the cloud.” - David Heinemeier Hansson
According to Hansson, cloud computing is ideal for two ends of the spectrum: firstly, for small-scale, relatively simple applications where minimal complexity is preferred, and secondly, for applications with highly irregular traffic and unpredictable spikes in usage. But for many businesses in the middle, like 37signals, cloud computing can be expensive and complex. He also points out some of the drawbacks of relying on third-party providers, such as vendor lock-in and lack of control.
The bottom line is that cloud computing is not a silver bullet, and it's not for everyone. Sometimes, going back to basics can be a smart move.
It’s virtually impossible at the moment to write a technology newsletter without a mention of ChatGPT or Generative AI!
OpenAI is introducing an "incognito mode" for ChatGPT, the popular chatbot, that will keep user conversations history-free and won't be used to train its AI model, according to an employee. With this update, users can chat with ChatGPT without worrying about leaving any traces or unwittingly contributing to the AI's global domination agenda(!).
This is a fascinating development from OpenAI in the wake of Italy's prohibition of ChatGPT due to potential privacy issues. The plot thickens!
Website: Serverless Land
I recently came across this awesome resource that I want to share with you: serverlessland.com. It’s a great resource for learning about serverless computing and event-driven architecture using AWS services.
Serverless computing frees you from the hassle of managing servers, allowing you to focus on your application logic. With event-driven architecture, your applications can respond to various events, such as user actions and IoT devices. This combination enables you to build highly scalable, resilient and cost-effective applications.
If you want to learn more about serverless computing and event-driven architecture, I highly recommend checking out serverlessland.com.
Thank you for joining me in the first issue of Cloudy-with-a-Chance-of-Computing! I hope you enjoyed the three contents that I shared, each offering a unique perspective on cloud computing. As always, I would love to hear your feedback on the newsletter's contents and format, so please feel free to share your thoughts with me.
That's it for this week's newsletter. I'll be back next week with more curated content for cloud computing enthusiasts. See you then!
Zilhaz from Cloudy-with-a-chance-of-Computing
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