Only 3 weeks left to submit talk and paper proposals for LISA 2015. This year's conference is in Washington D.C. on November 8-13.

This might be a good weekend to spend time writing your first draft!

Don't be afraid to submit proposals early. Unsure of your topic? Contact the chairs and bounce ideas off of them.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in LISA

Where does it come from?

Have you read the 2014 State of DevOps report? The analysis is done by some of the world's best IT researchers and statisticians.

Be included in the 2015 edition!

A lot of the data used to create the report comes from the annual survey done by Puppet Labs. I encourage everyone to take 15 minutes to complete this survey. It is important that your voice and experience is represented in next year's report. Take the survey

But I'm not important enough!

Yes you are. If you think "I'm not DevOps enough" or "I'm not important enough" then it is even more important that you fill out the survey. The survey needs data from sites that are not "DevOps" (whatever that means!) to create the basis of comparison.

Well, ok, I'll do it then!

Great! Click the link:

Thank you,

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in DevOps

2015 DevOps Survey

Have you taken the 2015 DevOps survey? The data from this survey influences many industry executives and helps push them towards better IT processes (and removing the insanity we find in IT today). You definitely want your voice represented. It takes only 15 minutes.

Take the 2015 DevOps Survey Now

Posted by Tom Limoncelli

See you at 6pm! The meeting is at Yahoo! URL's Cafeteria, 701 1st Ave, Sunnyvale, CA. Please RSVP.

I'll be talking about our new book, The Practice of Cloud System Administration, at the SF/Bay Area Large-Scale Production Engineering, which meets at Yahoo! URL's Cafe in Sunnyvale, CA on Tue. Mar 17 at 6:00PM.

More info on their MeetUp page.

Hope to see you there!

Stack Exchange, Inc. is looking to hire a sysadmin/network admin/SRE/DevOps engineer that will focus on network-related projects. The position will work out of the NYC office, so you must be in NYC or be willing to relocate.

If 3 or more of these project sound like fun to you, contact us!

  • Automate Cisco LAN port configuration via Puppet
  • Make our site-to-site VPN more reliable
  • Tune NIC parameters for maximum performance / lowest latency
  • Lead the network design of our global datacenter network deployment strategy
  • Wrangle our BGP configurations for ease of updating and security
  • Establish operational procedures for when ISPs report they can't reach us

Sounds interesting? The full job advertisement and resume submission instructions are here:

This position will work on the same team that I'm on, the Stack Exchange SRE team.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Stack Exchange, Inc.

As previously blogged, if you are in the Baltimore area, check out the Baltimore LOPSA chapter meeting ("Crabby Admins") on Wednesday, March 4th when I'll be talking about my new book, The Practice of Cloud System Administration.

Even if you have zero interest in "the cloud", I assure you this talk will be relevant to you.

More info here.

(The meetings are at the office of OmniTI, in Fulton, MD)

My open source project BlackBox is now available in the MacPorts collection. If you use MacPorts, simply type "sudo port install vcs_blackbox". There was already a package called "blackbox" so I had to call it something else.

Blackbox is a set of bash scripts that let you safely store secrets in a VCS repo (i.e. Git, Mercurial, or Subversion) using Gnu Privacy Guard (GPG). For more info, visit the homepage:

I'm looking for volunteers to maintain packages for Brew, Debian, and other package formats. If you are looking to learn how to make packages, this is a good starter project and will help people keep their files secure. Interested? Contact me by email open an issue in Github.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Blackbox

Usenix has announced the schedule for the second SREcon and the big surprise is that it is now 2 days long. The previous SREcon was a single day.

I wasn't able to attend last year's conference but I read numerous conference reports that were all enthusiastic about the presentations (you can see them online... I highly recommend the keynote).

I'm excited to also announce that my talk proposal was accepted. It is a case study of our experiences adopting SRE techniques at The full description is here.

I've heard the hotel is nearly full (or full), so register fast and book your room faster. More info about the conference is on the Usenix web site:

See you there!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in ConferencesSpeaking

I don't get to California often so I'm excited to announce that I'll be the speaker at the March meeting of BayLISA. For more info check out their MeetUp page: I'll be talking about our new book, The Practice of Cloud System Administration.

Update 2015-03-07: Changed location to Mountain View.

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