SRE: Lessons from a Parallel Universe

Just within the last ten years (+-3), we have seen at least two separate communities evolve from the generic idea of Systems Administration/Operations. The first, DevOps, grew up very much in public, the second happened more within the halls of “special” companies like Google and Facebook and is only now starting to gain visibility and traction in the wider world. They have a number of priorities in common but also diverge in some very interesting ways. In this talk we’ll explore the key things we can learn from each group and see what might happen if we cross the streams.



David N. Blank-Edelman


David is the Technical Evangelist at Apcera and one of the co-founders of the now global set of SREcon conferences. He has over thirty years of experience in the systems administration/DevOps/SRE field in large multiplatform environments and is the author of the O’Reilly Otter book. David is honored to serve on the USENIX Board of Directors where he helps to organize and engineer conferences like LISA and SREcon. He prefers to pronounce Evangelist with a hard ‘g’.