How do we use chaos monkeys in real life, and practically? This happens all the time when we have failures. The Rogers failure that took out the internet and cell phone use in Canada last week was the start of our discussion.
Predicting how things are going to go out is a common theme for chaos monkeys, and really comes back to how we test infrastructure. Should we be putting it under stress in planned ways like Chaos Monkey, in order to ensure that our increasingly internet and power dependent society is prepared for the inevitable outages?
We have a really fascinating discussion about what it would take to make this type of practice real, including alternatives that people can look at today.
Today, we sat down and talked about current events and how things are going. We don’t need to have an agenda to have a really interesting conversation, and that is exactly what happens!
We start with some current events, the Rogers outage, Elon Musk, Twitter, GDPR, and the Jim’s West space telescope. Then we put those things together into common threads about automation, autonomous cars and how society interacts with these things.
If you’re looking for deep tech, this is not your podcast. Otherwise, enjoy listening to this casual conversation!
How do we manage complexity? Today we discuss sources of complexity and explore design rules. We also talk about how you think about the systems that you’re building in ways that allow them to handle complexity gracefully.
The simple answer is to have people who are good at thinking about complex systems. Part of that is experience in looking at complex systems, seeing how they operate and being ready to deal with that type of thing like training pilots.
How we get to that insight is really significant, and it impacts how you build teams and systems. In addition to how you build systems that defend themselves that are naturally complex, but have the right defense mechanisms to make them more stable over the long term.
What makes people interested in new tech versus the stable, boring, things that keep the lights on work?
It feels to me as if we’re in the phase of development where we start saying, I need to make sure this all works. I’ve followed all the cool stuff, now I need to make sure everything’s working and get my ROI out.
This conversation questions that assumption, talks about why we care, what we’re really trying to accomplish, and digs into what is boring and what is sexy? And what makes them different.
We continue our Governance as Code discussions in today’s episode.
We started by very broadly looking at Governance as Code generally, but quickly drilled down into Infrastructure as Code meets Governance as Code focused discussion. Understanding that intersection is critical to building something that is both automated and governable.
The topic explored how we audit controls for systems. We also need to make sure that when we build infrastructure, it’s following our policies. The challenge here is making sure that what we’ve automated is conforming to our governance.
We conceptualize data centers as core infrastructure components in today’s discussion about green infrastructure.
In our discussion about data centers as an industrial load that have peaks and valleys in demand, we dive into the grid as a connected system. We discuss how storage can disrupt the way power is generated and distributed, not only in the United States, but also around the world.
Distribution systems play a huge role in green infrastructure, just like networks. The way we assume that networks are available and robust, we have made the same assumption about power generation in the world to run these data centers.
These topics are all tied together, and you will see a lot of insights and similarities in how we solve and build green infrastructure.
What makes Open Source projects work? Today we discuss open source business models, motivations, what and how these projects work.
We moved from that into testing quality maintenance and ultimately SpaceX and Tesla. This conversation dives into how Elon Musk is transforming the industries that he’s in by looking at the delivery process.