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 25 - Chat Tools

November 30, 2016

Where we discuss the history and use of chat tools.

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Episode 24 - Side Projects

November 4, 2016

Where we discuss side projects. Not consulting or side work, but projects that let us scratch itches we get at work but aren’t officially sanctioned.

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Episode 23 - Programming Languages

October 26, 2016

Where we come back to sanity from last episode’s departure into Solaris runtimes and instead talk about operations support of programming languages. Go, Python, Ruby and others are discussed as well as test driven development. Comments for the episode are welcome - at the bottom of the show notes for the episode there is a Disqus setup, or you can email us at [email protected] Links for Episode 23: Habitat fq jlog Why gets() is bad

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Episode 22 - Non-Linux Distributions

October 14, 2016

Where we discuss operating systems outside the traditional Linux fare. OpenSolaris, SolarisNext, Illumos, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, oh my! Comments for the episode are welcome - at the bottom of the show notes for the episode there is a Disqus setup, or you can email us at [email protected] Links for Episode 22: SystemD Security Vulnerability Talk about exposing systemd to web APIs Illumos Illimos Based Distribtons BTRFS Joyent Triton Joyent SmartOS Solaris Network Virtualization - Project Crossbow ZFS and Ubuntu Licensing RedHat Ceph OpenBSD Security ZFS and Apple

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Episode 21 - Internet Criticism

September 15, 2016

Where we discuss the often savage and insensitive nature of dealing with other people on the internet and some gentle advice on how to make everyone’s life a little less awful. Having an opinion on the internet means you need a thick skin. Comments for the episode are welcome - at the bottom of the show notes for the episode there is a Disqus setup, or you can email us at [email protected]

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Episode 20 - ScrumOps with Special Guest Judson Drennan

September 9, 2016

Where we discuss Kanban, Agile and Scrum with special guest, Judson Drennan. Judson is a Product Owner at VitalSource Technologies, and has done a lot of management of complex technology teams.

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Episode 19 - When Things Break

September 1, 2016

Where we discuss incident management practices, and walk through some of the important things to do during a service outage or degradation event.

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Episode 18 - Infrastructure for Small Shops

August 24, 2016

Where we discuss the avoidable pitfalls of infrastructure decisions early in an organization’s life. Most of these can be avoided with some extra thought up front when setting up core services - networking, directory services and deployment decisions can stick with a team long after the people doing the implementation have left.

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Episode 17 - Log Aggregation, Metrics and Data Analysis

August 17, 2016

Where we discuss the differences between logs and metrics, and some of the pratical applications there of. Also, discussions of the pitfalls of percentiles (why averaging percentiles yields worse than useless data).

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Episode 16 - Personal Work Environments

August 5, 2016

Where we discuss our personal work environments, both digital and physical. Comments for the episode are welcome - at the bottom of the show notes for the episode there is a Disqus setup, or you can email us at [email protected] Links for Episode 16: Intrex Jarvis Sit-Stand Desk Standesk.co Alera Elusion Task Chair iTerm2 version 3 SetTerminalStyle Synergy Homebrew LastPass CrashPlan The awesome window manager Spectacle

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