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Day Two Cloud 069: The Life Of A Site Reliability Engineer (SRE)

Today we talk with a real-live SRE, or Site Reliability Engineer, who works in an IT group that delivers applications using DevOps principles as part of their day-to-day work.

Our guest is James Quigley, SRE at Bloomberg. He and his team builds infrastructure and tooling for application and infrastructure teams to develop for the public cloud.

We discuss:

  • Building a center of excellence with an IT organization
  • DevOps as a corporate culture rather than just a title
  • The relationship between SREs and software development
  • Why you still need team members with deep, specialized expertise
  • Walking through a project’s lifecycle
  • Site reliability and responsibilities for business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Whether Kubernetes is hype, real, or somewhere in between
  • Favorite open source tools and scripting/programming languages
  • More


  1. Make life easier for application teams.
  2. Create self-service tooling for the application teams.
  3. Continuously improve your process based on feedback.

Sponsor: BMC

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Show Links:

@Quigley_Ja – James Quigley on Twitter

James Quigley’s Blog

TechAtBloomberg – Twitter

Episode 69