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 talk about what Service Level Objectives actually are and why they are so important in the field of Site Reliability Engineering. We cover the definition of an SLO, how they relate to error budgets, and take a look at various implementations of time series databases’ support for calculating accurate percentiles.
Where we interview Greg Harris, Principal Security Engineer at Fitbit. We cover security issues around BeyondCorp, VPNs, Docker, and vulnerability scanning. With Greg we learn how to stop reacting to security incidents and instead focus on building threat models for your software and company to forecast and prevent them.
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.