Monitoring and Pre-emptive support: The road to five nines on the Beam

Francesco Cesarini
O'Reilly Author & Founder of Erlang Solutions

You’ve heard about systems achieving five nines availability. That is 5.26 minutes of down time per year, software upgrades included. And we’ve been doing it at a fraction of the effort of conventional technologies. It does not happen on its own, however, just because you are using Erlang or Elixir.

In this talk, we will cover approaches and best practices in systems which never stop, allow us to monitor them and practice pre-emptive support.

Talk objectives:

  • Discover how to predict and prevent possible outages.
  • Learn how to design your system with no single point of failure.
  • Understand the level of visibility required for efficient post mortem debugging.

Founder of Erlang Solutions Ltd. He has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, starting as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson’s Erlang training and consulting arm working on the first release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, soon after Erlang was released as open source, he founded Erlang Solutions, who have become the world leaders in Erlang based consulting, contracting, training and systems development.

Francesco has worked in major Erlang based projects both within and outside Ericsson, and as Technical Director, has led the development and consulting teams at Erlang Solutions. He is also the co-author of 'Erlang Programming' and 'Designing for Scalability with Erlang/OTP' both published by O'Reilly. Lecturer at the University of Oxford, participated in the Future Learn Erlang MOOC, O'Reilly and U. of Kent online Master Classes and regularly conference talks and tutorials.

Twitter: @FrancescoC

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