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Service Reliability: How Systems Administration is Evolving – Part One

The world of systems administration is changing, and it’s affecting everyone involved. Today’s blog post is the first of two in mini-series dedicated to Service Reliability: How Systems Administration is Evolving. The days of formulas that tell us, You need “X” system admins, for every “Y” physical server, and every “Z” VMs are coming to…

Instant REST API For Any Database

Not so long ago, I was playing with ElasticSearch, which has the interesting characteristic of having a REST API as its primary interface. Sure, it’s a little more stilted and awkward than any native interface but, on the other hand, it’s a nice universal type of API. Any language that can make a http request…

Internet Scale Design: Part Two

In my previous blog post, I emphasized that internet scale design can be implemented for any type of company. Whether it’s a small, bootstrapped startup or a rapidly growing, well-funded tier 2. But if it’s suitable for that many companies, why isn’t everyone moving into the cloud? In my opinion, there are two reasons. First,…

Internet Scale Design: Part One

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Whether your company is a small, bootstrapped startup or a rapidly growing, well-funded tier 2 or 3 business, everyone dreams of having ‘Internet scale’ systems which are highly automated, anti-fragile, self-healing, and inexpensive to maintain. The problem, however, is that those types of complex systems are only within the reach of well-funded companies who can…

Availability Group – Delay with Listener Connectivity After Failover

The beauty of working for multiple clients from different industries, is that you get exposed to a myriad of environment setup and configuration. Every company has its own standards for Network and Server configuration, as well different hardware vendors.  This introduces their own kinks and excitement to your everyday work – half of which you’ll…

2014 Hadoop Summit Summary

Last week I was at the 2014 Hadoop Summit in San Jose, trying to keep abreast of the ever-changing Apache landscape: what projects are up-and-coming, what projects are ready for production, and most importantly which projects can solve problems for our clients. It was also a great chance to hear about real, production deployments –…

A Look Back on SREcon14

The landscape of the systems administration field is shifting. As the trend continues towards Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and other *aaS offerings, the traditional role of systems administration is being challenged. While this traditional model will remain (well beyond its expiration date) in large enterprises who have invested heavily in their hardware, processes, and infrastructure…

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