Scaling to hundreds of hosts and serving thousands of requests per second is interesting and hard. But what about when everything is smaller? How can a tiny team—or even one systems person working alone—make sure small but vital systems stay reliable? Are SRE practices still relevant?
Effie Mouzeli explains why small-scale engineering is just as challenging as large-scale engineering and offers ideas on how to survive technical debt, poor communication, and other everyday challenges.
Effie Mouzeli is a site reliability engineer at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she’s one of the newer members of the SRE team. She studied physics and scientific computing but decided to follow neither. Instead she became a sysadmin, later a systems engineer, now an SRE. She worked in a number of startups and small organizations where her responsibilities were usually automation, infrastructure architecture, and working closely with developers. Away from work, she loves camping, concerts, and dressmaking.
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