A few posts this week on aspects of building modern operations teams, one focused on observability teams, and the other on building an SRE team in a hypergrowth organisation. Plus posts on scaling dashboards, feature flag standards, development environments and more.
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Observability is critical to scaling the larger and larger systems we’re building, and dedicated teams are increasingly common in larger companies. This post covers why and the roles within those specialised teams.
OpenFeature is a new effort to build an open standard for feature flag management.
A good post on the growth of an SRE team, from 5 people to a much larger organisation many years later, through some hard won lessons that will be familiar to anyone who’s been through similar growth.
A nice detailed post on evolving development environments, from local setups with Vagrant, then Docker, then Kubernetes to building a remote development environment on top of Kubernetes.
Self-service dashboards are great, but you can end up with a long tail of unused dashboards over time. A discussion of managing dashboard sprawl using GitOps.
Described as “nmap but for pids”, xpid is a handy systems administration tool that can be useful for finding hidden pids and observing eBPF operations.
A look at Kafka monitoring, focused on the importance of keeping an eye on consumer lag.
ssh no ports provides a way to ssh to a remote linux host/device without that device having any open ports (not even 22) on external interfaces.
Fleet is a new Rust build tool. Nicely integrating several ecosystem tools to provide up to a 5x performance boost.