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 79 - Professional Certifications and Exams

December 6, 2019

Where we discuss professional certifications, exams and some of the pitfalls and caveats that go along with them.

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Episode 78 - Retractions and Reactions

November 22, 2019

Where we talk about the tendancy the internet at large has to overract to things, including two examples of this. The GitLab User Tracking terms of service and subsequent rollback, and the Terraform Azure provider id issue.

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Episode 77 - Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery

November 5, 2019

Where we discuss continuous integration and continuous delivery including some of the tools and strategies.

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Episode 76 - Signposts of Scalable Systems

October 18, 2019

Where we discuss the signposts of scalable systems. How to evaluate application state, inputs, and outputs help judge if it can handle scaling up.

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Episode 75 - Single Board Computers

September 3, 2019

Where we discuss single board linux computers with special guest Ken Mink.

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Episode 74 - Small Office/Home Office Networking

July 25, 2019

Where we discuss small office and home office networking gear.

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Episode 73 - Conference Calls

July 19, 2019

Where we discuss conference calls and microphone etiquette.

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Episode 72 - A Tale of Three Postmortems

July 12, 2019

Where we discuss three incident postmortems; two written by CloudFlare and one by AWS.

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Episode 71 - Long Term Prometheus Metrics Storage

July 5, 2019

Where we discuss long term metrics storage, primarily for Prometheus.

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Episode 70 - Monitorama 2019 PDX Recap

June 27, 2019

Where we recap Monitorama PDX 2019 and talk about our favorite talks and events.

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