Guest Session - Tales from the Site Reliability Engineering trenches, with Martín Ferrari

October 19th, you are invited to a new RABS Guest Session!

Relevant for everybody working in software development from kickoff to delivery.

Extremely relevant, if you have ever experienced the challenge of supporting very complex systems both from development and operations sides.

In recent years, a new concept started to show up in job hires for operations positions: Site Reliability Engineering (SRE).

Spearheaded by Google, the idea is spreading to other big companies that face themselves with the challenge of supporting very complex systems with growth rates that can not be matched by linearly increasing the workforce of the operations team.

In this talk I would like to briefly introduce the core ideas of what is SRE, and what makes it successful; with an emphasis on a few aspects that can be applied to organisations of any size and pedigree:

  • Shared responsibility between developers and SREs for the availability of the service, and other tools to transform the traditional tension between operations and development into an asset.
  • Emphasis on automation, and quotas on operational work, that allow for growing the service faster than the workforce, while making workers happier.
  • Modern monitoring techniques, their usage as tools to measure availability, predict problems, perform forensics, and enforce failure budgets.
  • Designing systems for scale and failure, post-mortems as learning tools, ubiquitous code reviews, rigorous design documents, data-driven decisions, and other concepts that can be applied everywhere at a low cost with excellent results.
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Martín Ferrari has been in the industry for over 18 years, some times as a programmer, some times as a systems administrator, and most of the time as both.

Two years after landing the dream job as an SRE for Google, he decided to quit the office life and become a digital nomad, consulting for companies around the globe while on the road.

He is a Debian Developer and a Free Software activist and promoter. He is also on a quest to visit all the pubs in the world.

Time & date: October 19th 2015; 17:30-20:30

Place: Hotel City Plaza

- 50RON for non-members (payable in cash at the event or by bank transfer before the event in our ING Bank account: RO62INGB0000999902516266)
- 25RON for RABS members with 2015 membership paid before October 1st (

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