Digging Into Data Reliability Engineering - Episode 224

Summary

The accuracy and availability of data has become critically important to the day-to-day operation of businesses. Similar to the practice of site reliability engineering as a means of ensuring consistent uptime of web services, there has been a new trend of building data reliability engineering practices in companies that rely heavily on their data. In this episode Egor Gryaznov explains how this practice manifests from a technical and organizational perspective and how you can start adopting it in your own teams.

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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Egor Gryaznov, co-founder and CTO of Bigeye, about the ideas and practices of data reliability engineering and how to integrate it into your systems

Interview

  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • What does the term "Data Reliability Engineering" mean?
  • What is encompassed under the umbrella of Data Reliability Engineering?
    • How does it compare to the concepts from site reliability engineering?
    • Is DRE just a repackaged version of DataOps?
  • Why is Data Reliability Engineering particularly important now?
  • Who is responsible for the practice of DRE in an organization?
  • What are some areas of innovation that teams are focusing on to support a DRE practice?
  • What are the tools that teams are using to improve the reliability of their data operations?
  • What are the organizational systems that need to be in place to support a DRE practice?
    • What are some potential roadblocks that teams might have to address when planning and implementing a DRE strategy?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected approaches/solutions to DRE that you have seen?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Data Reliability Engineering?
  • Is Data Reliability Engineering ever the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Bigeye, especially in terms of Data Reliability Engineering?

Contact Info

  • Find us at bigeye.com or reach out to us at hello@bigeye.com
  • You can find Egor on LinkedIn or email him at egor@bigeye.com

Parting Question

  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?

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