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Stu Ainsworth on Reliability, Disaster Recovery, and Chaos Monkeys

In this episode, Frank and Andy chat with Stu Ainsworth about service reliability in a chaotic world.


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Notable Quotes

Postmortem: VSTS 4 September 2018 ([02:00])
Stuart Ainsworth on Twitter: @CodeGumbo ([05:30])
Reliability: Expectations vs. Solutions ([06:00])
“Canada is another country.” ([11:00])
Serendipitous” ([11:55])
TV references: MacGyver and The A-Team ([13:40])
Chaos Monkey ([00:00])
Brent‘s book review of Database Reliability Engineering ([15:00])
Andy cannot count 9’s… ([19:15])
The shifting node for “big data.” ([23:30])
Service Level Objective ([25:00])
The Black Swan (Audible) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) ([28:00])
Frank’s 9/11 Experience ([30:00])
Culture is prime. ([35:00])
The hard part is figuring out, “What is the problem we’re trying to solve?” ([35:45])
DTU ([36:50])
Things are changing. Some folks are threatened ([40:30])
Stu works for Jack Henry. ([41:40])
Risk cannot be removed by technology. ([43:30])
“… it’s kinda like an old girlfriend…” – Stuart Ainsworth ([44:30])
Road trips! ([47:30])
“We are living in interesting times.” ([49:00])
Hoschton, Georgia ([50:25])
Stu likes the book Accelerate ([52:40])
Find out more about Stu at! ([53:45])
Learn more about Azure DataFest by following @AzureDataFest on Twitter! ([54:00])

About the author, Frank

Frank La Vigne is a software engineer and UX geek who saw the light about Data Science at an internal Microsoft Data Science Summit in 2016. Now, he wants to share his passion for the Data Arts with the world.

He blogs regularly at and has a YouTube channel called Frank's World TV. (www.FranksWorld.TV). Frank has extensive experience in web and application development. He is also an expert in mobile and tablet engineering. You can find him on Twitter at @tableteer.