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Come work with Stack Overflow's SRE team!

We're looking for a Windows system administrator / SRE to join our SRE team at Stack Overflow. (The downside is that I'll be your manager... ha ha ha). Anyway... the full job description is here:

https://stackoverflow.com/company/work-here/1152509/

A quick and unofficial FAQ:

Q: NYC/NJ? I thought Stack was an "remote first" company! Whudup with that?

A: While most of the SRE team works remotely, we like to have a few team members near each of our datacenters (Jersey City, NJ and Denver, CO). You won't be spending hours each week pulling cables, I promise you. In fact, we use remote KVMs, and a "remote hands" service for most things. Heck, a lot of our new products are running in "the cloud" (and probably more over time). That said, it's good to have 1-2 people within easy travel distance of the datacenters for emergencies.

Q: Can I work from home?

A: Absolutely. You can work from home (we'll ship you a nice desk, chair and other great stuff) or you can work from our NYC office (see the job advert for a list of perks). Either way, you will need to be able to get to the Jersey City, NJ data center in a reasonable amount of time (like... an hour).

Q: Wait... Windows?

A: Yup. We're a mixed Windows and Linux environment. We're doing a lot of cutting edge stuff with Windows. We were early adopters of PowerShell (if you love PowerShell, definitely apply!) and DSC and a number of other technologies. Microsoft's containers is starting to look good too (hint, hint).

Q: You mentioned another datacenter in Denver, CO. What if I live near there?

A: This position is designated as "NY/NJ". However, watch this space. Or, if you are impatient, contact me and I'll loop you in.

Q: Where do I get more info? How do I apply?

A: https://stackoverflow.com/company/work-here/1152509/

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Stack Exchange, Inc.

I usually don't use my blog to plug my employer but I'm very excited about Stack Overflow's new "Stack Overflow for Teams" launch this week.

How would you like a private Stack Overflow area for your team? Stack Overflow for Teams allows teams of any size to use the Stack Overflow that they already know and love but for all their proprietary information - creating a special private space just for them on stackoverflow.com. It uses the same Q&A format, collaborative editing, and even recognition systems to solve the massive knowledge sharing issues that all teams have.

More info is on the overview page and our blog post, plus we got great press about it on VentureBeat and GeekWire.

The launch happened without a hitch. I'm very proud of our SRE team for all their work. They basically built the equivalent of our existing infrastructure two times over (and more if you count dev/test environments). They helped design the security and other aspects of the new service's infrastructure. It's been an impressive 9 months that has radically changed how we work. Props to everyone on the team! I'm so proud!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Stack Exchange, Inc.

The video of my SRECon talk is finally available!

"Operational Excellence in April Fools' Pranks: Being Funny Is Serious Work!" at SREcon18 Americas is about mitigating the risk of "high stakes" launches.

The microphones didn't pick up the audience reaction. As a result it looks like I keep pausing for no reason, but really I'm waiting for the laughter to calm down. Really! (Really!)

On a personal note, I'd like to thank the co-chairs of SRECon for putting together such an excellent conference. This was my first time being the last speaker at a national conference, which was quite a thrill.

I look forward to SRECon next year in Brooklyn!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in ConferencesDevOps

 
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