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Have you considered Site Reliability Engineering as a path?

Ben Halpern on March 13, 2020

I wanted to point to this podcast appearance by my colleague @molly_struve , DEV's Lead SRE. S11:E7 - Why site reliability is so i... [Read Full]
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Becoming an SRE is part of my 5 year plan. ❤️


I have not considered a career in SRE because I like to come up with solutions to problems customers/users deal with directly. As a Mechanical Engineer, I wanted to do the same thing. I feel like SRE is more like maintenance/utilities is for ME which I have never been interested in.

I still have a lot to learn though, so we’ll see ☺️


I would say SRE is more analogous to industrial engineering than ME; it can be almost overwhelmingly broad in scope. It isn't user-focused in the feature development-sense, but there is a high focus on UX (latency, reliability, etc).


Sounds like you are suited to be a Solutions Architect 🚀


It seems like you're on a great path with your more user-facing work!


Yes! Starting on April 🙂 very excited.


The way I see it is that SRE is closer to business logic and consulted in feature development concerns whereas devops is closer to the metal, and underlying operations.


SRE implements DevOps as part of our work. SRE also tends to imply a very Googlish approach to service reliability (a focus on SLI/SLOs, for example). You will often find us embedded in development teams.

DevOps as initially defined is a practice, not a role. Most companies who have "DevOps" engineer roles aren't actually practicing DevOps and have siloed off "operations" as a separate concern. DevOps in that context usually equates to "sysadmin + cloud" with little to no shift in culture or process.

That is so true. DevOps is firstly culture, only then processes and tools 🙂


I have considered it a lot of time and would really love to transition soon. However, starting and getting detailed knowledge aside from the google published resource, has been really hard.

I try as much as possible to carry out some basic things in my pet projects. eg, containerizing the applications, adding metrics, using prometheus and grafana for visualization, trying to learn about reporting and all.
But it's depressing if done without the needed scale and motivation.
I'll appreciate any resource/help i can get though.


I didn't consider it, I just kind of ended up in it! 😃 But its been pretty awesome so far! I've been at it about 2 years now.

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