Bridget Kromhout

Ops Sundries

Turtles All the Way Down - Platform Ops in Public Cloud

Beyond the Code 2014
Ottawa, Canada
2014-09-19

Turtles All the Way Down: Platform Ops in Public Cloud

When I joined a startup already in progress as their first ops hire, I got a crash course in cloud operations. Running databases in EC2 without being on bare metal presents its own challenges; we also began using Hadoop and HBase on EMR, with tragicomic results. What monitoring existed was a twisty maze of half-measures, so improving our Mean Time To Lost Sleep required trying new tools and alerting strategies. And scaling performance meant relying on best practices and gut-feeling hunches. This talk will have appeal for those curious about AWS, about using MapReduce in the cloud, and about whether MongoDB is really “web scale”. (Spoiler alert: lolol.) Come for the EC2 trivia; stay for the table-flipping.

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