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The Site Reliability Workbook: Practical Ways to Implement SRE

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In 2016, Google's Site Reliability Engineering book ignited an industry discussion on what it means to run production services today--and why reliability considerations are fundamental to service design. Now, Google engineers who worked on that bestseller introduce The Site Reliability Workbook, a hands-on companion that uses concrete examples to show you how to put SRE pr ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 4th 2018 by O'Reilly Media
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Sebastian Gebski
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Solid 4.5 stars.

Surprisingly good supplement to the original SRE book. BUT be warned - it's a workbook, it's practical, but it doesn't mean it tech-based, in fact it's more conceptual & tech-agnostic. Filled with many good examples, coming not just from Google, but from various (but all well known) organizations.

What did I like most? That it's tight to real-life practices - there's a full chapter on SLO, another one on On-Call duties, Post Mortems, etc. Some are quite specific (data processing o
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Muito interessante ver como algumas questões relacionadas ao mundo SRE são aplicadas na prática. Sinto que terei que voltar ao primeiro livro para entender como apresentar conceitos simples e basilares ao restante da empresa para iniciar um gradual processo de adoção de algumas práticas.
Rastko Vukasinovic
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
More of this Google tech writings in this zone I read, more redundancy I feel - exceptional writing style and discuss approach are covering for lack of original thought comparing to the first book.

Still recommended read in some of my coaching sessions, modern and high quality approaches right from the source. Could live without it, tho 😀
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by a bunch of my coworkers, I really enjoyed this book. Arguably much more practical than the original SRE book. I find myself sending folks chapters from this book far more than the first.
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is great at explaining by example, which makes it easier to absorb the information. I found chapters "boring" because they focus on areas that are alien to me, but mostly I think this book works wonderfully for future consulting: when confused or in need of help, go directly to the chapter that explains what you need. ...more
Giovani Facchini
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for those who want to learn about how to build a SRE team and the main concepts that need to be taken into consideration for a successful team.

On the positive front, it gives the reader a step by step approach on how to start such as definition of SLO as for when the team should take action so it focus only on what is important, to have the team focusing from 50% to 70% of their time in automating the resolution of problems and improving operations and smaller percentage of
Ahmad hosseini
This is the second book that Google published about SRE. The first one explains the theories and principles of SRE and this book shows you how to implement SRE at any company, startup and giant.
What is SRE?
SRE is a job role, a set of practices we’ve found to work, and some beliefs that animate those practices. If you think of DevOps as a philosophy and an approach to working, you can argue that SRE implement some of the philosophy that DevOps describes. So, in a way,
class SRE implements interfa
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read, with a lot of interesting ideas on how to change your organization into an SRE-oriented structure. There are a lot of methodologies and guides on how to achieve this, as well as real-world case studies - both of which make the book much more approachable than the first SRE book with its more theoretical approach.

I found the 3rd part of the book ("Processes") the most useful one and I consider it reason enough to read this book. I wish I could have read the "Identifying and recov
Andrew Hatch
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it

Overall this is a good book and worthy follow up to the original. However it is really long and many of the case studies presented are very similar so there are a lot "groundhog day" moments. You will probably find you will read for quite some time before identifying advice or paragraphs that are worthy of highlighting or note-taking.

Sections on incident diagnosis require caution by the reader. There was a lot of advocation for Root Cause Analysis, Reductionism and linear thinking - practices th
Mike  Phung
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: it
great book about site reliability, i never have read any book which covers the best in this domain, it's clearly that you can only write the best book about what you are doing and Google is doing great.

I enjoy the most with Post mortem chapter, the way how to build SRE team and how to design scalability system. The Chapter about Confiuration Philosophy is also great as well as the importance of reliability.

The best ist about SLA, SLO and SLI, and it's deserve the main pillar of Site reliability!
Gary Boland
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Similar to the first book, it is a worthy read and covers a lot of the best practices (including extensive techniques for dealing with toil). It also comes over as product placement advertising (write your software in Go, deploy it to GCP). Despite that, it is worth your time if you are in the IT industry
Charlie Gorichanaz
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was actually pretty practical.
Miguel Alho
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've found a great set of ideas and practical examples to bring back into my work, even though i am not an SRE. ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Та же SRE, но с практическими примерами из практики Google. Читать без первой книги, наверное, смысла нет.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great workbook for SRE practises. I like last few chapters where authors explain how change management might be done to implement SRE.
August Schau
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great case studies and ideas for improving operations within an organization, small or large.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bon livre mais certains chapitres/sujets plus intéressants que d'autres. ...more
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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 ...more

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