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Discussion on: DevOps Engineer vs. SRE?

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Boris Quiroz

Tricky question. In some cases you might find yourself with the title of DevOps Engineer but doing some SRE work, and vice versa.
In terms of philosophy, I think (which means that I could be absolutely wrong) DevOps is more like a set of tools/processes/actions/something that allows us to do certain job in certain way. SRE could be something like driving a car on that way.

Currently, I've the "DevOps Engineer" title at work but time to time I work as a SRE (in particular where everything is on fire). According to that (good or bad) experience, I'd say that DevOps Engineer builds things until those things are on fire. SRE are like fire department.

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Edvin Author

I'd say that DevOps Engineer builds things until those things are on fire. SRE are like fire department.

I love that description of it. Also, it’s really difficult to say from company to company. Sometimes DevOps engineers were sysadmins in a past life and sometimes were software engineers.

But the way you put it is kinda how I see it now. Initially it was pretty difficult for me to distinguish a true difference between the two. The job functions can be very similar.

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