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.
Tech in the time of COVID-19
Code-wise, cloud-foolish: avoiding bad technology choices
Hey AWS - it's time to pay OSS developers
Events and Appearances
Feel free to reach out if you would like Forrest to speak at your conference, user group, or other tech event.
|2020/11/10||CloudTamer.io 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|
|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|
|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.
Forrest’s latest blog posts on cloud technologies and the emerging serverless space appear at A Cloud Guru or in the Cloud Irregular newsletter.
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
- Reviewed: Tangent Online
“The Mark” - Mysterion, June 2019
“Empathy Bee” - Diabolical Plots, September 2019
- Reprinted in DP Year 5 anthology
- Reviewed: Tangent Online
- Reviewed: Quick Sip Reviews
“Russian Rhapsody” - Abyss and Apex, forthcoming 2020
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