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Practice of Cloud System Administration, The: DevOps and SRE Practices for Web Services, Volume 2 by Christina J. Hogan, Strata R. Chalup, Thomas A. Limoncelli

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Chapter 2. Designing for Operations

Your job is to design systems that operate.

—Theo Schlossnagle

This chapter catalogs the most common operations tasks and discusses how to design for them. It also discusses how to rework an existing architecture that was not designed with operations in mind.

Designing for operations means making sure all the normal operational functions can be done well. Normal operational functions include tasks such as periodic maintenance, updates, and monitoring. These issues must be kept in mind in early stages of planning.

When you consider the full life cycle of a given service, only a small portion of that life cycle is spent building the features of the service. The vast majority of the life cycle is spent operating ...

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