SRE Weekly Issue #351

Seven years ago, I was busy pulling together content for the first several issues of SRE Weekly. Since then, I estimate that I’ve consumed over 6000 articles in my quest to curate content each week, most of them via text-to-speech. You all make it worthwhile! Thank you so much for reading, and thanks to all of the great authors out there for writing awesome articles. Here’s to another great year!

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Articles

In this interview, Tammy Butow goes into detail on what it’s like being on call and how she improved a team’s horrible on-call burden by a factor of 10.

  Elena Boroda — Fiberplane

Do you need just one or two SREs? Or should you build a sprawling SRE team, with a dozen or more SREs on hand to support your organization’s reliability needs?

  JJ Tang — Rootly
  This article is published by my sponsor, Rootly, but their sponsorship did not influence its inclusion in this issue.

An unsanctioned (but not unheard of) action, a race condition, and multiple known design issues all contributed to this air accident.

  Admiral Cloudberg

A first-hand account of one way to handle DR in this reddit post. Worth reading through to the end.

  u/disasterrecoverywhat — reddit

Rackspace’s Hosted Microsoft Exchange offering has been down for over a week, and they’re assisting (and paying for) customers to move to Microsoft 365.

  Roger Montti — Search Engine Journal

It’s a good idea to leave yourself a safety hatch to administer your system when everthing’s gone to heck… otherwise you might have to break out the angle grinders.

  Oren Eini — Hibernating Rhinos

This intriguing debugging story also sheds some light on how Honeycomb’s custom-built columnar data store works.

  Paul Osman — Honeycomb
  Full disclosure: Honeycomb is my employer.

Tons of incredibly good advice in this infographic + article on debugging.

  Julia Evans

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