The Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) is an increasingly coveted function within IT departments.
The Site Reliability Engineer role stems from an approach to production systems management created within Google in 2003. As well as from the expansion of the DevOps mentality. The function is based on the implementation of synergies between development and operations to accelerate the creation and deployment of applications.
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The first mission of an SRE is to analyze all security and operational problems of an application. Figuring then out what works and what doesn’t to optimize it.
The SRE regularly meets with developers and salespeople to benefit from their feedback and do a better job. The opinion of both sides is important to understand user experience and what the users criticize in terms of safety/reliability. They must understand what the developers have do at the technical level to assess problems more effectively.
In order to save time and be more efficient, the site reliability engineer should be able to set up automated processes for recurring tasks.
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When the SRE receives the specifications, they must be able to understand the app’s business goal and then put in place the technical means to resolve the problem.
The site reliability engineer will have to put himself in the shoes of the developers. But also of the end users to understand what roadblocks may arise and how to overcome them.
In general, an SRE is first and foremost a developer, who, in addition, has knowledge of operational infrastructure and performance issues.
The average daily rate of a Site Reliability Engineer fluctuates between €550 and €750.
To become a Site Reliability Engineer, it is best to have a background in computer science and a focus in language and programming.
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