O'Reilly Systems Engineering and Operations Newsletter

1. 10,000 messages a minute

Julia Grace has built teams at IBM Research, startups, and Slack, and has done due diligence for venture capitalists to determine how well a startup's engineering team is working together. In this full conference talk from the 2017 O'Reilly Velocity Conference in San Jose, Grace attempts to answer the question, "Why do some teams ship features rapidly, support each other, and effectively communicate while others struggle?"

2. How to manage Linux containers with Ansible Container

Ansible Container addresses Dockerfile shortcomings and offers complete management for containerized projects. Tomas Tomecek, Red Hat, recounts a journey to the land of Ansible (with some helpful how-tos).

3. Diagnosing (and avoiding) the top AWS EC2 issues

There are a staggering number of businesses building their core applications around Amazon Web Services' cloud offerings, such as their Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). It has been used for everything from creating an on-demand supercomputing cluster for pharma research to reinforcing the backend for music-recognition app Shazam. Yet it's not without its issues—here's how to handle them.

4. Apply to speak at Velocity in San Jose by January 17

Tell us how you build and manage systems that are too large to understand, too complex to control, and that fail in unpredictable ways. Apply to speak at Velocity to share your techniques, experiences, failures, and victories with operations and system engineering professionals from around the world.

Please read our tips for preparing a proposal, and then submit your idea (or ideas!) by 11:59 pm PST on January 17, 2018.
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5. Habits of successful SREs

Kevin Casey, New Relic, outlines seven habits that successful site reliability engineers appear to have in common.
In collaboration with WebAssembly

WebAssembly Ask Me Anything

WebAssembly or wasm is a new code format and emerging standard that promises near-native performance for web applications. Now supported in all four major browsers, it's being hailed as a game changer to the web. How much do you know about WebAssembly, its progress, and how it will impact you?

Join the upcoming Ask Me Anything to ask the leaders of the W3C's WebAssembly Working Group anything. The panel includes Brad Nelson (Google), Luke Wagner (Mozilla), Eric Prud-hommeaux (W3C) plus In-chat Experts—a new dimension to the AMA broadcast—including wasm working group members, advocates, and tooling specialists from Google, Intel, Netflix, and Mozilla on the chat fielding questions!

Happening Thursday, December 14 @ 10AM PT | 1PM ET.
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6. Adopting Kubernetes step by step

An extremely clear guide to Docker and Kubernetes by Santiago Arias.

7. Sysadmin 101: Patch Management

In this article, Kyle Rankin, writing for Linux Journal, covers some of the fundamentals of patch management under Linux, including what a good patch management system looks like, the tools you will want to put in place and how the overall patching process should work.
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