Welcome to the weekly post of the RackN blog recap of all things SRE. If you have any ideas for this recap or would like to include content please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet Rob (@zehicle) or RackN (@rack ngo)
SRE Items of the Week
The Cloudcast #301 – SRE and Infrastructure Operations
Description: Brian talks with Rob Hirschfeld (@zehicle, Founder/CEO of @RackN) about the concepts of SRE (Site Reliability Engineering), the challenges of maintaining infrastructure software, emerging tools and the next-generation of operations.
- Topic 1 – Welcome back to the show. Let’s start by talking about the concept of SRE (Site Reliability Engineering). Give us the basics and maybe explain how it differs from what people define in DevOps.
- Topic 2 – Application development has been moving faster for quite a while (agile development, etc.). But now infrastructure/operations teams have to deal with faster software – especially around updates (e.g. Kubernetes releases every 3 months). How are companies managing this?
- Topic 3 – Given that this pace of operations change may not slow down, how do you think about the challenge in terms of process/operations versus technology/tools?
- Topic 4 – What are some of the steps that companies take to better prepare for this type of operational model? Tools, process, skills, etc.
- Topic 5 – Do you see SRE as being a progression for existing infrastructure/operations people, or is this more focused on sysadmins or developers that want to get away from building applications?
DevOps Enterprise Summit London: Tales of courage and community
After spending two amazing days with 700 of my closest DevOps cohorts from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and beyond, I learned all about the latest and greatest IT and technology transformation reports at the DevOps Enterprise Summit London. With substantial growth in attendance from the first year, in 2016, the buzz around the show was palpable. And, what a location! From the venue, the QEII Centre, we had 360-degree views of central London, from Big Ben to the London Eye and beyond.
.IO! .IO! It’s off to a Service Mesh you should go [Gluecon 2017 notes]
Gluecon turned out to be all about a microservice concept called a “service mesh” which was being promoted by Buoyant with Linkerd and IBM/Google/Lyft with Istio. This class of services is a natural evolution of the rush to microservices and something that I’ve written microservice technical architecture on TheNewStack about in the past. READ MORE
A few things I’ve learned about Kubernetes
I’ve been learning about Kubernetes at work recently. I only started seriously thinking about it maybe 6 months ago – my partner Kamal has been excited about Kubernetes for a few years (him: “julia! you can run programs without worrying what computers they run on! it is so cool!“, me: “I don’t get it, how is that even possible”), but I understand it a lot better now.
This isn’t a comprehensive explanation or anything, it’s some things I learned along the way that have helped me understand what’s going on.
Rob Hirschfeld and Greg Althaus are preparing for a series of upcoming events where they are speaking or just attending. If you are interested in meeting with them at these events please email email@example.com.
- 2017 New York Venture Summit – LINK
- SRE Weekly (@SREWeekly) – Issue #76
- The DevOps/WebOps Marketing Geek – LINK from @LukasHertig
- Julie Evans Blog – LINK