7–9 November 2016: Conference & Tutorials
9–10 November 2016: Training
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Distributed ops for distributed apps

George Sudarkoff (SurveyMonkey)
16:10–16:50 Monday, 7/11/2016
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Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of microservices and the unique operation challenges they bring

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to distribute operations in a consistent and efficient way


Microservices are like mini companies—they are operated by a single team independently of the rest of the organization. Teams often own the whole stack, making decisions about what programming languages and frameworks to use, what technologies to utilize, and how to operate their services.

But what happens when the team moves on to the next project? Or if the team is not large enough to provide adequate on-call support? And won’t owning and being responsible for more of the things lead to less time and energy for product development?

Standardization helps unify and simplify the operations, but it might come at a cost of not being able to deliver a new product feature sooner. It is important to know what to standardize and how. As with software distributed systems, organizations must decide on the right balance between consistency and availability of operations. George Sudarkoff explains how to distribute operations in a consistent and efficient way.

Topics include:

  • Why standards are important
  • What to standardize and what to not
  • How to achieve a high level of consistency of operations without sacrificing the ability to iterate in new and novel ways
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George Sudarkoff


George Sudarkoff is an infrastructure engineering manager at SurveyMonkey. Before embracing the world of operations, he spent a couple of decades doing software development in a wide variety of areas from financial services, semiconductor fab automation, robot control, real-time image processing, and networking to virtualization, distributed storage, and web development. In his copious spare time, George can be found rock climbing or making furniture in his wood shop.