Nick Groenen’s résumé

Nick is a Site Reliability Engineer at Castor, an international healthcare company working to accelerate medical research by building a modern data capture platform for clinical trials. His core strengths lie at the intersection of operations, software development and information security.
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SREcon19 EMEA

Notes on talks I attended while visiting SRECon in Dublin, 2019.
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Toil

In Site Reliability Engineering, we want to spend time on long-term engineering project work instead of operational work. Because the term operational work may be misinterpreted, Google came up with a specific word for it: Toil. Toil is roughly quant...
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What is Site Reliability Engineering?

Site Reliability Engineering originates from Google and describes the methodology Google uses to run their infrastructure. While the field of SRE is broad, Google's vision centers around two main concepts: Software Engineering in System Design: Syst...
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Top-10 talks of SREcon18 Europe

It's been a month since I attended SREcon18 Europe and the majority of talks is now available online. In this article I look at the ten talks which stuck with me the most in the days and weeks following the conference. Summaries are provided to highl...
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True seamless reloads coming in HAProxy 1.8

Willy Tarreau, author of HAProxy, semi-recently wrote a very in-depth article about HAProxy's reload process and how it could, under certain conditions, drop/reset connections during reloading. With HAProxy 1.8, this will finally be no more. I did a ...
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