I’ve finally completed the migration of this site from Rackspace to GCP. I switched over the DNS record this afternoon, and everything seems fully functional. I’m even using Cloud Logging and BigQuery to analyze my Apache access logs.
Continue reading From Rackspace to GCP
I recently took part in the GCP Podcast, along with my colleague Oscar Guerrero. On the podcast we spoke about Audit Logging, which is a critical security feature of GCP.
Be sure to check out the podcast episode.
After reading an interesting paper on Let’s Encrypt, I finally decided to switch this website over to HTTPS. I was really impressed with how smoothly the whole conversion went.
With the help of Certbot from the EFF, it took less than 5 minutes and ran without error. Very impressive!
This is a post following up on my Monitorama Baltimore 2019 talk.
Logging and Monitoring systems — Observability Systems, if you prefer — often seem to struggle to meet the needs of their users.
Continue reading Logging and Monitoring systems are hard to code
It was great to speak at devopsdays in Galway. I really enjoyed bringing my recent Monitorama 2019 talk to my home town.
A video of the talk has now been posted.
I will be joining my colleague from Google, Nathen Harvey, to speak in Galway at devopsdays on November 18th and 19th.
I’m really looking forward to returning to my home town, and bringing my Monitorama Baltimore 2019 talk to the conference.
Monitorama Baltimore 2019 was a great experience, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to speak. I spoke about why Observability and Monitoring sytems struggle to meet their goals, and why they are so hard to build.
The slides and video of the talk are now available.
I have been accepted to talk at Monitorama Baltimore this year. I’ll be speaking about my experience building Observability systems at many different companies, and how might those lessons be applicable to other teams and groups.
Check out the full schedule.
Following up on my earlier post, it has been pretty straightforward to so far to migrate this blog from Rackspace to GCP. It’s going pretty much as expected, but the architecture is going to be slightly different than I initially thought.
Continue reading Continuing the WordPress bring-up on GCP
Another interesting paper came my way, thanks to the Morning Paper mailing list. Nines are Not Enough:Meaningful Metrics for Clouds discusses a topic that I deal with regularly in my role at Google.
SLIs, SLOs, and SLA are easy to discuss in a general sense, but surprisingly subtle to put into practise. This paper, authored by Google engineers, explores why this is so, and offers a new framework for thinking about them.