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 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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Episode 15 - Using The Cloud

June 5, 2016

Where we discuss why the cloud is useful and when it can be risky, depending on your models. 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 15: ZFS on rsync.net Let’s Encrypt a static S3 site apt-s3 yum-s3 Amazon Talk About Scaling Internal Resources

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Episode 14 - Planning For Failure

May 4, 2016

Where we discuss failure. It happens to everyone, and it will happen to you. We cover some of the general cases to consider, and talk a little about backups and the cloud.

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Episode 13 - Systems Design

April 26, 2016

Where we discuss the human side of systems design. 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 12 - Loadbalancers

March 23, 2016

Where we discuss the relative merits of software loadbalancers we’ve used and loved, and share our general distain for proprietary hardware based offerings. 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 12: CloudFlare DDoS Blackholes Google Maglev Mikrotik

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Episode 11 - Job Transitions

March 18, 2016

Where we discuss leaving and starting new jobs.

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Episode 10 - Configuration Management

February 25, 2016

Where we discuss various merits of configuration management systems, notably the relative use cases for Puppet and Ansible, and some of the finer points of using both. 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 10: Encrypt Your Data Using Hiera-Eyaml confd hiera-vault r10k mgmt

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Episode 9 - Init Systems

February 17, 2016

Where we discuss the downfalls of modern init systems.

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