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 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, 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, 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 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, 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.

Episode 95 - Being Cloud Agnostic

July 31, 2020

Where we talk about being multi-cloud, along with the reasons and challenges of doing so, and talk about if it is really worth it.

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Episode 94 - Findability With JP Sherman

July 17, 2020

Where we discuss findability and search with a special guest - JP Sherman, the Manager of Search and Findability at Red Hat.

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Episode 93 - Linux On The Desktop

July 2, 2020

Where we talk about building a modern linux desktop, for both personal and professional use. There’s some talk about Intel vs AMD, Apple and ARM, and video cards… all in good fun.

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Episode 92 - CloudTruth and Configuration Management

June 19, 2020

Where we talk to CloudTruth’s Matt Conway and Greg Arnette about why they are configuration management geeks, and some of the realities of looking at problems with configuration management in mind.

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Episode 91 - Is DevNetOps a Thing? With Brandon Peskin

June 5, 2020

Where we talk at length with Brandon Peskin, a Sysadmin turned Network Engineer, who has pretty much seen and done it all - from microwave repeaters across parking lots to massively redundant datacenter to cloud migration projects.

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Episode 90 - Practice

May 22, 2020

Where we discuss practice, and how it makes everything easier - for both personal and professional things.

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Episode 89 - Simple Systems Are More Available

May 8, 2020

Where we discuss Greg Kogan’s Article, “Simple Systems Have Less Downtime” and rant about simplicity and how to choose what things to spend time running.

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Special Episode - Considerations For Moving An Engineering Organization Fully Remote

April 24, 2020

Where we invite Ashi Sheth, the Senior Manager of Global End User Services at LinkedIn, to talk about the logistical and personal considerations of moving a 20,000 user organization to full-time remote work with very little advanced notice.

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Episode 88 - Experimenting With Kubernetes On ARM

April 10, 2020

Where we talk to Ken Mink about his trials and tribulations setting up a Raspberry Pi/Rock64 Kubernetes cluster.

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Episode 87 - You Don't (Always) Need Kubernetes

March 27, 2020

Where we discuss the fact that for many environments, Kubernetes may be overkill. That said, it still has an important role to play.

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