DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #540 - 2nd May 2021

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Cost efficiency, runbooks, using games to build teams, logging services, secrets management and more. Lots of core operations topics this week. Plus the return of an in-person event later in the year.

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News

An interesting post covering a few topics, including Backstage as a platform for developer context and the movement to shift cloud cost control to development teams.
https://redmonk.com/jgovernor/2021/04/28/shifting-cost-optimisation-left-spotify-backstage-cost-insights/

A post on the importance of planning and runbooks for important operational activities, and a tribute to the astronaut Michael Collins, who passed away this last week.
https://flyingbarron.medium.com/michael-collins-carrying-the-fire-6ac19cdf0983

A nice post stepping back over the last 20+ years and considering the evolution of operations and the technology we’re operating.
https://www.effx.com/blog/the-evolution-into-devops-and-why-it-works-today

All of the videos from the DevX event last week have been posted, covering all things developer experience. This has been a focus for lots of teams building developer tools as the expectations have increased over the last several years.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3TSF5whlprUTnpP9drAl-knNUnPqKrui

A post on the importance of games as learning tools for operations teams, for improving team communication, incident response, delegation and more.
https://opsdrill.com/blog/games-devops-teams-play-to-stay-sharp/

A description of various anti-patterns when it comes to operating models, and in particular assuming one size fits all when it comes to large organisations.
https://www.remoteaf.co/blogs/operating-model-anti-patterns

There are now lots of SaaS services to help handle distributed logging challenges. This post (from one of the included vendors) provides a handy list and overview of some of the current offerings.
https://sematext.com/blog/cloud-logging-services/

Jobs

Are you interested in challenges outside “the cloud”? Would you like to utilize software engineering for best-in-class tailored solutions to our infrastructure? Would you like to participate in the design and implementation of core infrastructure systems?

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We look for Engineers with Linux Servers experience and an ability code in Python or have the propensity to pick it up. If you don’t consider yourself a developer, no problem! We’re also looking for individuals able to do scripting while working with Linux or networking low levels. Take a look here for further details of the role and how to apply:
https://www.optiver.com/working-at-optiver/career-opportunities/3090815/

Events

Monitorama is back, on the 13th to the 15th of September in Portland, Oregon. Yes, a real life in-person event. As always Monitorama will bring together the open source and operations communities in pushing the boundaries of observability software and practices.
https://monitorama.com/2021/pdx.html

Tools

Teller is a command line tool for managing and accessing secrets. It supports Hashicorp Vault, AWS Secrets Manager, Google Secret Manager, and more for secure storage.
https://github.com/spectralops/teller

gRPCurl is a command line tool for interacting with gRPC endpoints. It can browse remote schemas, show protocol buffers and send requests using JSON as input.
https://github.com/fullstorydev/grpcurl

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