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Radical ideas from The Practice of Cloud System Administration

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Speaker: Tom Limoncelli, Stack Exchange, Inc. (

Tom will highlight some of the most radical ideas from the new book “The Practice of Cloud System Administration”. The book focuses on “distributed” or “cloud” computing and brings a DevOps/SRE sensibility to the practice of system administration. Unsatisfied with books that cover either design or operations in isolation, the authors created this new reference centered around a comprehensive approach.

Some of the radical advice includes: improving uptime by using cheap unreliable hardware, why you should crashing servers at random times, and that you should make peace with outages.

Info about the book can be found at

Bio: Tom Limoncelli’s newest book is The Practice of Cloud System Administration ( ). Tom Limoncelli is best known for books like Time Management for System Administrators (O’Reilly) and The Practice of System and Network Administration (Addison-Wesley). He works in New York City at Stack Exchange, home of and He tweets @YesThatTom and blogs at

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