Fresh/Brewed

When Systems Fail

This is not a sharp picture - not even that good. I was flying early in the morning friday July 19th when I realized something was really wrong. The ticket counter was in a flurry of checking lists and creating paper tickets. I would learn within 30m that Spirit Airlines was SOL in the airport and the TSA was checking my paper ticket against printed manifests. I couldn't be prouder of my own teams at work for having dug in and weathered the Crowdstrike storm - it's a testament of having skilled, available and committed SREs. By the time I landed and was back at my desk to help, the main production systems were healthy. I can't really speak to the rest - but my day wrapped later than usual friday but it was an amazing team effort and really, I couldn't be prouder of the people I work with at WellSky
Github Actions and Workflows: Part 2

Github Actions and Workflows: Part 2

Published Dec 7, 2021 by Isaac Johnson

In our first post we explored the usage of Github actions and how we might use our own Github runners. The workflow that we created was just a simple hello-world example flow. This time let’s di...

Github Actions and Workflows

Github Actions and Workflows

Published Dec 1, 2021 by Isaac Johnson

Github Actions allow us to run Workflows to automate our work. The Actions model is very similar to Azure DevOps Pipelines in that we have Workflows (Pipelines) with Runners (Agents) that execute J...

Newrelic: Part 2 (Comparing NR, DD, and ALM)

Newrelic: Part 2 (Comparing NR, DD, and ALM)

Published Nov 24, 2021 by Isaac Johnson

In the last article we dug into New Relic for Kubernetes cluster monitoring and automatic APM via Pixie.

Newrelic: Part 1

Newrelic: Part 1

Published Nov 17, 2021 by Isaac Johnson

New Relic is a performance monitoring and logging tool that has been around since 2008 when it was founded by Lew Cirne (the company is an anagram of his name).He remained CEO until July of this ye...

Upgrading Kubernetes

Upgrading Kubernetes

Published Nov 10, 2021 by Isaac Johnson

One of the more scary operations one must perform is upgrading a Kubernetes cluster. While new versions often bring better stability and new functionality, they also can deprecate APIs upon which ...

Zipkin, Grafana, Prometheus and Kiali

Zipkin, Grafana, Prometheus and Kiali

Published Nov 3, 2021 by Isaac Johnson

With all these tracing projects, I thought i might be good to show the free/open-source ways one can use to measure application performance. We will look at Zipkin, Grafana and Prometheus. We wil...

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