A pragmatic podcast discussing Systems, Operations and Scaling
with a focus on real world use cases and solutions to common
Hosted by Breandan Dezendorf,
Breandan Dezendorf has 20 years of operations experience,
a degree in Journalism and has managed monitoring and alerting
systems for every company he's ever worked for.
Ken Mink has spent 30 years as a Unix Administrator and Developer.
He started out on AIX and HP-UX in the early '90s. Ken finally
started using Linux in 1994 while working at Gateway. Since then
he's bounced between doing development, administration, later
HPC administration, and now DevOps. While Ken has recently spent
time handling very large HPC and database clusters, he really
enjoys small SBCs. Ken is also a long time user of MythTV.
Jack Neely has been in operations for close to 20 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 12 years experience in operations at small
companies and startups. Automation and infrastructure as code are
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, Ken Mink, Jack Neely, and Jarod Watkins
have over 70 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.
Where we discuss licensing and how it intersects with everything we do - from Elastic adopting Mongo’s SSPL to the mess that was made public with Wireguard, PFSense and BSD. Licenses are important, folks, choose them well and with purpose, ideally with a laywer in the room.
Where we discuss the state of the Kubernetes project with someone who knows a lot about it - Seth McCombs. Seth, a Cloud Orchestration Software Engineer at Workday, is member of Kubernetes SIG-Release and SIG-Docs. The conversation covers the qualities of building communities, the road ahead, and the things he likes the most about the project.
Where we talk with Darren Fallis about some of the reasons you should really upgrade to a modern TLS version, and what that means in practical terms. At the moment, this is TLS 1.3, but as with all advice - especially security related advice - please stay current!
Where we talk with Evan Bloom about getting started in this industry, coming from a very different world of music. This includes where to get started with linux, programming and generally how to look at the careers we talk about on this podcast.