- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 149192912X
- ISBN-13: 978-1491929124
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems 1st Edition
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From the Publisher
This book is divided into four sections:
- Introduction—Learn what site reliability engineering is and why it differs from conventional IT industry practices
- Principles—Examine the patterns, behaviors, and areas of concern that influence the work of a site reliability engineer (SRE)
- Practices—Understand the theory and practice of an SRE’s day-to-day work: building and operating large distributed computing systems
- Management—Explore Google's best practices for training, communication, and meetings that your organization can use
How to Read This Book
This book is a series of essays written by members and alumni of Google’s Site Reliability Engineering organization. It’s much more like conference proceedings than it is like a standard book by an author or a small number of authors. Each chapter is intended to be read as a part of a coherent whole, but a good deal can be gained by reading on whatever subject particularly interests you. (If there are other articles that support or inform the text, we reference them so you can follow up accordingly.)
You don’t need to read in any particular order, though we’d suggest at least starting with Chapters 2 and 3, which describe Google’s production environment and outline how SRE approaches risk, respectively. (Risk is, in many ways, the key quality of our profession.) Reading cover-to-cover is, of course, also useful and possible; our chapters are grouped thematically, into Principles (Part II), Practices (Part III), and Management (Part IV). Each has a small introduction that highlights what the individual pieces are about, and references other articles published by Google SREs, covering specific topics in more detail. Additionally, there’s a companion website mentioned in the book that has a number of helpful resources.
We hope this will be at least as useful and interesting to you as putting it together was for us.
— The Editors
About the Author
Betsy Beyer is a Technical Writer for Google in New York City specializing in Site Reliability Engineering. She has previously written documentation for Google’s Data Center and Hardware Operations Teams in Mountain View and across its globally distributed datacenters. Before moving to New York, Betsy was a lecturer on technical writing at Stanford University. En route to her current career, Betsy studied International Relations and English Literature, and holds degrees from Stanford and Tulane.
Chris Jones is a Site Reliability Engineer for Google App Engine, a cloud platform-as-a-service product serving over 28 billion requests per day. Based in San Francisco, he has previously been responsible for the care and feeding of Google’s advertising statistics, data warehousing, and customer support systems. In other lives, Chris has worked in academic IT, analyzed data for political campaigns, and engaged in some light BSD kernel hacking, picking up degrees in Computer Engineering, Economics, and Technology Policy along the way. He’s also a licensed professional engineer.
Jennifer Petoff is a Program Manager for Google’s Site Reliability Engineering team and based in Dublin, Ireland. She has managed large global projects across wide-ranging domains including scientific research, engineering, human resources, and advertising operations. Jennifer joined Google after spending eight years in the chemical industry. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from Stanford University and a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester.
Niall Murphy leads the Ads Site Reliability Engineering team at Google Ireland. He has been involved in the Internet industry for about 20 years, and is currently chairperson of INEX, Ireland’s peering hub. He is the author or coauthor of a number of technical papers and/or books, including "IPv6 Network Administration" for O’Reilly, and a number of RFCs. He is currently cowriting a history of the Internet in Ireland, and is the holder of degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Poetry Studies, which is surely some kind of mistake. He lives in Dublin with his wife and two sons.
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The early chapters of the book did a good job in terms determining the bounds of SRE, though there are certain some fuzzy edges. The latter goal, learning practices, was mixed. Because the books is actually a collection of chapters, the writing is a bit uneven. Some chapters do a good job of walking you though the subject area, and distinguish how what Google does could apply to your organization and too chain. Others are Google centric to a fault, describing internal tools with little if any reference to similar more generally available or even open source tools.
Google is a successful company and has solved some challenging problems, and we can learn a lot from the Google practices. It’s important to remember that Google is also unique, in terms of history and problem space, so one should consider adapting aspects of the Google Way, rather than adopting it without interpretation. This book is a great launching point for discussion, and it’s worth having a copy if you deploy systems at scale. Just don’t take it as The Way to do Site Reliability Engineering
Even though several of the topics covered weren't things I deal with day to day, I think the mindset you develop after seeing how they solve various issues applies to most any IT / tech endeavor (i.e. whether you're in ops, a SWE, etc.). I think if this book's subject interests you at all, you'll really appreciate having read it.
Considering that this book comes from google, I'm actually disappointed with the quality of the book; I really expected much more on implementation details. The average Unix sys admin books will give you more than what this book offers.
If you're a manager, you'll like this book. If you're engineer, you may or may not like this book.
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