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In a recent webinar, Chris Lavery, Weaveworks' Senior Reliability Engineer, gave a talk about Site Reliability Engineering and GitOps and how the two methodologies can complement each other.

The webinar introduced the fundamentals of SRE and GitOps and provided actionable strategies for implementation. It also explored Weave GitOps Enterprise’s feature integrating SRE and GitOps practices. In this article, we will highlight some of the key elements of this webinar.

What is Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)?

Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) is an approach to managing and operating large-scale, complex software systems. It emerged as a discipline within the field of software engineering to address the growing need for reliable and scalable infrastructure. SRE combines software engineering principles with operational expertise to ensure service reliability, performance, and availability. By combining software engineering principles, SREs treat infrastructure and application configurations as part of the software release cycle.

The need for SRE arose due to the increasing complexity of modern software systems, which often involve distributed architectures, cloud platforms, and rapid deployment cycles. As organizations strive to provide highly available and reliable services, SRE has become instrumental in aligning development and operations teams, fostering collaboration, and establishing resilient systems that can handle the demands of today's digital landscape.

SRE Metrics

Chris then continued to explain how SRE is linked to data-driven decisions. The complexity of infrastructure and application architectures caused an exponential increase in the volume and diversity of the data systems produced. SRE teams leverage this data to gain insights into system behavior, identify bottlenecks, and drive system reliability and performance improvements. By collecting and analyzing data from various sources, such as monitoring tools, log files, and user feedback, site reliability engineers can assess the system's health, measure key performance indicators (KPIs), and identify areas for optimization.

He then explained the various metrics available (SLIs, SLOs, and SLAs) that organizations can use to assess the operational capability of the service provided. A different set of metrics are used to measure organizations' overall velocity and performance - the DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) Metrics.

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