SRE

Managing Files with SaltStack

Before we begin, take a look at my previous two blog posts, SaltStack for Remote Parallel Execution of Commands and Using SaltStack for Configuration Management. We manage files using configurations management much for the same reasons that we manage packages and services – we want/need consistency across all of our boxes, and to spend our time…

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day

Today is our day. July 25, 2014 marks the 15th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this day we pause and take a moment to forget the impossible tasks, nonexistent budgets, and often unrealistic timelines to say thank you to those people who keeps everything working — system administrators. So much of what has become a…

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…

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…