Forrest Brazeal

Forrest Brazeal|


Forrest Brazeal is a cloud architect, writer, speaker, and cartoonist, currently based in Charlotte, NC. He is also an AWS Serverless Hero and an active member of the SFWA. He collects old books in the forlorn hope that someday his children will enjoy reading them as much as he does.

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Events and Appearances

Feel free to reach out if you would like Forrest to speak at your conference, user group, or other tech event.


Date Location Talk Title Notes
2020/11/10 CloudUnity Day Keynote address
2020/10/05 “Telco in 20” podcast Beware of lift ‘n shift listen
2020/9/17 Comcast Cloud Native Revolution The Cartoonist’s Guide to Cloud Adoption
2020/8/07 SiliconAngle’s TheCUBE Cloud Native Insights with Forrest Brazeal read and watch
2020/7/21 “Screaming in the Cloud” podcast with Corey Quinn The Cloud Bard Speaks listen or read
2020/7/16 OSCON Superstream: Cloud Strategies and Implementation The Cartoonist’s Guide to Cloud Adoption
2020/7/01 “Talking Serverless” podcast Episode 12 listen
2020/4/29 ServerlessDays Virtual Code-wise, cloud-foolish


Date Location Talk Title Notes
2019/10/07-09 ServerlessConf NYC Various (conference co-chair)
2019/09/16 “Serverless Chats” podcast Serverless CI/CD for the Enterprise listen
2019/08/22 AWS Twitch Serverless Hero Challenge video
2019/07/17 DashCon NYC When Bad Architectures Happen To Good People: Migrating to Serverless in a Legacy World video
2019/07/09 Webinar with AWS and Epsagon Modern Apps on AWS: Challenges and Solutions video
2019/05/30 AWS Chicago Summit Souped-Up CI/CD on AWS
2019/03/20 Leading Edge Forum Study Tour (Palo Alto, CA) The Cloud Natives Are Restless: Serverless, DevOps, and the Tribal War for Enterprise IT
2019/03/18 UC Berkeley RISELab Serverless as Industry Paradigm
2019/01/29 FooBar Codes Interview with Marcia Villalba video
2019/01/24 Triangle Serverless Meetup NoSQL Design Patterns for Serverless


Date Location Talk Title Notes
2018/12/06 The Serverless Show Episode 7: re:Invent Recap Interview with Protego’s Hillel Solow (watch or read)
2018/11/26-30 AWS re:Invent, Las Vegas Meet an Engineer: Forrest Brazeal Interview with AWS’s Randall Hunt (video)
2018/11/14 AWS Webinar Serverless Workflows For The Enterprise Co-presented with AWS’s Chris Munns (video)
2018/09/08 IT Weekend Ukraine 2018 The Case For Serverless video
2018/08/01 ServerlessConf San Francisco How To Win Coworkers and Influence Organizations For Serverless Co-presented with Trek10’s Jared Short (video)
2018/07/17 AWS New York Summit Living on the Edge with AWS Greengrass Presented as a Dev Chat (slides)
2018/07/11 “Screaming in the Cloud” podcast Episode 18: “Sitting on the curb clapping as serverless superheroes go by” A conversation with cloud economist Corey Quinn (listen or read)
2018/04/05 Silicon Valley Bank Fireside Chat with Tim Wagner
2018/03/28 Women Who Code Richmond Rapid Prototyping With Serverless



“The Read Aloud Cloud” (Wiley, 2020) - now available wherever extremely bizarre introductions to cloud computing are sold!

Amazon, B&N, IndieBound, Walmart, Book Depository (good for international orders)

Finally, an explanation of the cloud that even your non-technical friends and family can understand. Featuring 165 completely insane full-page illustrations of cloud networking, elasticity, reliability, security, and much more. Oh, and it rhymes.

As a graduation gift (call it “Oh the Places You’ll Go” for engineering students), a cubicle conversation starter, or just a delightfully nerdy bedtime story for your kids, “The Read Aloud Cloud” will be the definitive introduction to the technologies that everyone uses and nobody understands. You can even read it silently if you want. But good luck with that.

Technical Writing

Forrest’s latest blog posts on cloud technologies and the emerging serverless space appear at A Cloud Guru or in the Cloud Irregular newsletter.

Short Fiction

Stories currently free to read online are linked.

“Perchance to Dream” - Daily Science Fiction, 7/12/2018

“Memory Foam” - Daily Science Fiction, 9/7/2018

“The Slide” - Daily Science Fiction, 9/27/2018

“The Honeypot” - Theme of Absence, 11/9/2018

“World War 2.8.41 Release Notes” - Daily Science Fiction, 1/7/2019

“Death’s Head in B Dorm” - Menacing Hedge, Winter 2019

  • Nominated: Best of the Net 2019

“Ghost Runners” - Who Knocks Issue 1, Jan 2019

“The Girl of the Golden City” - StarShipSofa, May 2019

“Under The Hat” - Constellary Tales Issue 3, May 2019

“The Mark” - Mysterion, June 2019

“Empathy Bee” - Diabolical Plots, September 2019

“Russian Rhapsody” - Abyss and Apex, forthcoming 2020

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