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DevDiscuss S2E8: What You Need to Know About Site Reliability (Season Finale!)

jess profile image Jess Lee (she/her) ・2 min read

In the finale episode of DevDiscuss Season 2, we chat about site reliability engineering and the highs, lows, and nuances of this interdisciplinary role.

As you'll hear, there are many definitions of site reliability engineering but generally, SREs act as a bridge between the software development and operations teams and use the principals of engineering with system administration. They eliminate the struggle and toil of other developers while ensuring systems and sites provide reliable experiences. In other words, SREs are crucial.

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@ben and I were joined by two guests for this episode:

  • Logan McDonald Senior Site Reliability Engineer at BuzzFeed on the core infrastructure team
  • Molly Struve Lead Site Reliability Engineer here at Forem.

In this episode, Ben, Logan, Molly, and I discuss

  • The different experiences of SREs on small and large teams
  • A few ways that teams and organizations can help make their SREs lives easier
  • SRE horror stories 😱

... and more!

Here's Molly's TL;DR of site reliability engineering in GIF-form:

Source: Describe Your Job With a GIF!

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ender minyard

This episode is great :-)

I've been reading the original SRE book so this episode showed up just in time! I wish there was a path for sort of...managing site reliability in the beginning? SRE for small projects?

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Great episode! I learned a ton and vow to never send vague error screenshots to my friendly neighborhood SRE i.e. @molly_struve

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Shreyansh Saurabh

Another amazing episode!
Learned a ton of interesting stuff!

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Chethana Gopinath

Really cool podcast!! Started following on Spotify and waiting for more! :))