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Being an On-Call Engineer: A Google SRE Perspective

  • Andrea Spadaccini
  • Kavita Guliani
;login:, vol. 40 (2015), pp. 43-47


Being on-call is a critical duty that many operations and engineering teams must undertake in order to keep their services reliable and available. However, there are several pitfalls in the organization of on-call rotations and responsibilities that can lead to serious consequences for the services and for the teams if not avoided. We provide the primary tenets of the approach to on-call that Google’s Site Reliability Engineers have developed over years, and explain how that approach has led to reliable services and sustainable workload over time.

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