Cloudcast: Network Reliability Engineering
Episode: 10 Apr 2019
Interesting show and a great idea to reduce the barriers to entry for networking folks wanting to learn automation skills, but the idea of focusing narrowly on network reliability engineering as a take off from site reliability engineering really seems to perpetuate the network silo. The concept is “Site RE,” and expressly not Dev RE, Ops RE, Net RE, Security RE… More on this in the later discussion of frustration about getting an API key.
Around 16:00 there’s discussion about the inadvisability of putting a new release of networking system software on a prod device because it’s expected to be buggy. Paraphrasing, Automation is about reliability, not about going faster. This idea isn’t really explored. It’s not clear why the goal can’t be both better reliability and iterating faster or even if one reinforces the other.