"subtitle": "The goal of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE for short) is simple: to allow users to use our product without downtimes.",
SRE is about achieving high availability without allocating an unnecessary amount of money and workforce to tackle the problem. SRE brings several principles and practices to realize this goal, but in our experience, most technology companies fall short of one of the most important ingredients: efficient communication between teams.
Our SRE consultants speak the language of both your DevOps / IT operations people and Software Developers, so they can help fill in the gaps. Since adopting SRE means that infrastructure-related problems become software development questions, they will also learn to communicate better with their product developer peers. RisingStack’s SRE consultants can also help you make the most of your current cloud provider by introducing you to new cloud services, state-of-the-art cloud-native technologies, data services, and data platforms.
Once you have that setup, you can start working on the actual SRE development: setting up your application and infrastructure to be properly observable; setting up proper incident response processes, and release procedures. These also open the way towards better capacity planning, so you can optimize your cloud strategy and related spendings. It makes it easier to decide whether you want to use self-hosted open source technologies or if it's better to use managed services.
These practices can also make your product development cycles quicker and easier to plan, as our seasoned consultants can show you points for automation you never thought you needed.
What you get are happy users, happy engineers, and happy stakeholders.
How We Can Help
Our SRE consultants can help you by assessing the current tooling, automation, infrastructure, and observability of your system to make sure they are in line with current best practices. A full audit usually takes one to two weeks.
With our SRE consulting services, we can assess your technological portfolio in terms of SRE, as well as your current processes and practices. We can also guide you in building out a completely new SRE team.
To make sure you stay on the right track as you keep evolving your software, you can book RisingStack’s consultants for a certain amount of hours/month as well, and reach out to them when their expertise is needed.
Cloud Technologies at RisingStack
Our team has several years of production experience with the following technologies:
- Docker Swarm
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SRE Consulting in Practice
But deploying a service is only one part of the lifecycle. Developers need to make sure they are able to discover bottlenecks, bugs, security issues and make sure the application is highly available, which requires the use of proper Service Reliability Engineering and monitoring practices. Our engineers can consult you on these questions to help you iron out fragile aspects of the system, infrastructure and deployment pipeline.
Site Reliability Engineering for Monoliths and Microservices
When you have tens or thousands of services, it is near impossible to take care of deployments and configuration one by one. But strong SRE methods and the use of proper technologies and best practices is important for any system, not only for a microservices architecture. Automating change management and incorporating SRE principles into any workflow can help in providing a seamless experience to one’s users.
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