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 57 - Rolling Out MFA

October 5, 2018

Where we discuss rolling out multi factor authentication with Darren Fallis.

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Episode 56 - Sysadmin And Small Office Security

September 7, 2018

Where we discuss security again, moving up to more sensitive users and begin the discussion of implementing a Single Sign On solution for users.

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Episode 55 - End User Security

August 25, 2018

Where we talk about the basics of end-user security best practices, mostly focused on passwords, MFA tokens and computer hygiene.

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Episode 54 - How To Have An Outage (Part 1)

August 3, 2018

Where we discuss the initial phases of preparing for a planned outage and reacting to an unplanned one.

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Episode 53: When We Are The Problem

July 20, 2018

Where we discuss that old interview chestnut: Tell me about a time you’ve broken something.

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Episode 52 - Technical Solutions for Social Problems

July 11, 2018

Where we discuss why using technical solutions rarely solve social problems, or solve them very poorly.

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Episode 51 - Divide and Conquer

July 4, 2018

Where we discuss the relative merits of splitting large, monolithic multi-tenant applications into smaller single tenant ones.

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Episode 50 - You Have Too Many Alerts

June 28, 2018

Where we discuss how we’re all buried in alerts, but we don’t need that many.

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Episode 49 - Monitorama 2018 Recap

June 20, 2018

Where we discuss Monitorama 2018 (PDX), and the return of a reasonable publication schedule.

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Episode 48: The Year Ahead (and Behind)

December 31, 2017

Where we discuss tech trends in 2017 and what we’re looking forward to in 2018.

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