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This talk was presented at SRE NYC Meetup on August 16, 2017 at Squarespace HQ.
As the engineering teams at Squarespace grow, we have been building more and more microservices. However, this has added operational strain as we try to shoehorn a growing, complex dynamic environment into our static data center infrastructure. We needed to rethink how we handle deployments, dependency management, resource allocation, monitoring, and alerting. Docker containerization and Kubernetes orchestration helps us tackle many of these problems, but the journey has been challenging. In this talk, we’ll discuss the challenges of running Kubernetes in a datacenter and how we switched to a more SLA-focused alert structure than per instance health with Prometheus and AlertManager.