Practical Operations Podcast

A pragmatic podcast discussing Systems, Operations and Scaling with a focus on real world use cases and solutions to common problems.

Hosted by Breandan Dezendorf, Breandan Dezendorf has 15+ years of operations experience, a degree in Journalism and has managed monitoring and alerting systems for every company he's ever worked for. Jack Neely, Jack Neely has been in operations for over 15 years and finds solutions through code. Experience in configuration management, time series based metrics, and automating platform deployments for large companies. and Jarod Watkins. Jarod Watkins has over 8 years experience in operations at small companies and startups. Automation and infrastructure as code are his specialty.

Practical Operations is a pragmatic podcast about the difference between running your IT organization the "Right Way" and the Practical Way. Your hosts talk about the theory of small to web scale operations and DevOps and then discuss how to get the most out of these tools in practice.

Your hosts Breandan Dezendorf, Jack Neely, and Jarod Watkins have over 35 years of IT experience. Practical experience in small companies and research groups of only a handful of people to large multinational technology companies, cloud providers, and major universities. We practice operations.

Episode 41 - Get Up And Speak Already!

July 24, 2017

Where we discuss the importance of being able to give short (or long) presentations, and some practical advice for getting started.

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Episode 40 - Conway's Law and Confirmation Bias

July 11, 2017

Where we discuss Conway’s Law. which is the tendency of teams to build software that reflects the communication patterns of the larger organization, as well as confirmation biases and the Dunning Kruger effect, which blinds people to new ways to escape from the traps they set for themselves.

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Episode 39 - Is Nagios Viable?

June 30, 2017

Where we discuss the Nagios monitoring project, and how relevant it is in this day and age. (Hint: we think the answer is “Yes!”)

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Episode 38 - Scripted Installs vs Golden Images

June 24, 2017

Where we discuss scripted installs vs golden images vs immutable infrastructure via containers.

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Episode 37 - Repeatability and Reliability

June 13, 2017

Where we discuss repeatability and reliability in systems design, why it’s important and what it means for your job.

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Episode 36 - The Tenents of Microservice Monitoring

June 2, 2017

Where we discuss pratical guidelines for expanding your monitoring platform to cover the new and challenging world of Microservice (and Service Oriented Architecture) monitoring, with brief side trips into log tracing and fostering healthy culture.

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Episode 35 - Scaling Metric Delivery Pipelines

May 20, 2017

Where we discuss how to run statsd and metrics pipelines at a scale of over 750,000 packets per second.

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Episode 34 - Modern Filesystems

May 15, 2017

Where we discuss the evolution of modern filesystems.

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Episode 33 - Considering Elasticsearch as a Time Series Database

May 8, 2017

Where we discuss using Elasticsearch (along with Kibana, Timelion and Kafka) as a Timeseries Database (TSDB). It has several drawbacks over traditional timeseries storage engines, mostly in storage efficiency, but has other unique attributes that may overcome these drawbacks in the right use case.

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Episode 32 - The Trouble With Histograms

April 19, 2017

Where we discuss histograms as the best data type ever, and the complexities of actually using them in Prometheus. For the most part, this is Jack Neely’s domain of expertise, so he does most of the talking in this episode.

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