SRE Weekly Issue #375

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An in-depth analysis of the crash of a recent lunar lander. It’s really interesting that a feature designed specifically to improve robustness to failures instead made the system less reliable in unforeseen circumstances.

  Robert Barron — IBM

With each external cloud service you deploy, you introduce the amount of unreliability that product has into your own product’s reliability (even if it’s incredibly small).

   Jeff Martens — The New Stack

Are you a software engineer or an IT professional interested in transitioning to an SRE role? You’ve come to the right place! This article provides guidance on the skills and behaviors needed to apply for an SRE position at medium-to-large-sized tech companies successfully.

  Amin Astaneh — Certo Modo

While it can seem pretty insignificant, properly distinguishing between an incident and a bug is worthwhile. Why? Because it will ultimately help dictate your response to it.

  Luis Gonzalez —

This is impressive: an engineer built an entire model of a ride-share system, complete with simulated riders and drivers, metrics, containerization, the works, all to gain a better understanding of how these kinds of systems work.

  Gergely Orosz — Pragmatic Engineer

This article answers the most important questions:
* How is using service levels any different than “regular” alarms?
* What’s in it for the company and the teams?
* Why bother? Don’t we already have enough work to do?

  Alex Ewerlöf

Here at eBay, we’ve crafted a brand new approach to automate platform evolution for all applications — one that provides a repeatable and reusable infrastructure to streamline evolution.

  Paul Zhang and Tao Jin

Interesting idea: feeding trace data into an LLM and asking it to build an end-to-end (E2E) test for the entire system. This article is a good description of what they’re doing but I’d be interested to hear more about the results.

  Nir Gazit — Honeycomb
  Full disclosure: Honeycomb is my employer.

What conclusions can we draw from the recent announcement that Amazon Prime Video is moving from serverless to a monolith?

The supposed difference between the two methods is not based on the technology itself, but the context in which you’re working.

  Ian Miell

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