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Matthias Loibl

Senior Software Engineer @ Polar Signals


Matthias Loibl is a Senior Software Engineer who works on cloud-native observability, previously at Red Hat and Kubermatic, and is a maintainer of many projects like Thanos and the Prometheus Operator. He contributed to the SLO book: "Implementing Service Level Objectives". He loves working on Distributed Systems with Go, Docker, Kubernetes and Prometheus. In his free time, he contributes to numerous open source projects related to Prometheus and Drone.

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Defining SLOs: A Practical Guide

SLOs often seem simple in theory, but tend to get difficult when actually implementing them, as the reality if often not by the textbook. SLOs are an invaluable tool for both engineers as well as management to consistently communicate reliability with data. Defining bad SLOs can also be harmful, so it’s important to keep various caveats in mind. Not only are SLOs about data, it is equally important to clarify and evangelize expectations of SLOs within an organization. Frederic and Matthias have many years of experience of defining SLOs for many services and components. Together they will demonstrate real life examples of choosing, measuring, alerting and reporting SLOs based on Prometheus metrics. Join this talk to learn how to implement SLOs successfully using data you most likely already have.

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