Cloudy with a Chance of Chaos

Tuesday, December 08, 2020 - 1:25 pm2:05 pm

Christina Yakomin, Vanguard


Weather alert!! Vanguard's Chaos and Resilience Engineering team has implemented a home-grown Chaos Engineering platform, "The Climate of Chaos", featuring self-service experiments with meteorology-themed names like Cyclone, Tornado, and Blizzard. In this session, we'll break down the fundamentals of chaos engineering, the value of the practice, and why we decided to build our own platform from scratch, rather than leveraging a vendor product or an open source library. We'll also get into the details of our architecture, our client engagement model, our risk management strategy, and our integrated observability and reporting tooling. By running targeted experiments with our custom tool suite, we have ensured that our systems are ready to weather any storm, no matter how much chaos is in the forecast!

This structured technical talk will be geared towards an audience of engineers, and will be especially applicable to those working in large enterprise environments.

Christina Yakomin, Vanguard

Christina is a Site Reliability Engineer in Vanguard's Chief Technology Office. She has worked at the company's Malvern, PA headquarters since graduating from Villanova University in 2015 with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. Throughout her career, she has developed an expansive skill set in front- and back-end web development, as well as cloud infrastructure and automation, and she has earned three Amazon Web Services associate certifications. Christina has also worked closely with the Women's Initiative for Leadership Success at Vanguard, both internally at the company and externally in the local community, to further the career advancement of women and girls - in particular within the tech industry. In her spare time, Christina is passionate about traveling; she has visited over 20 different countries and 25 U.S. states so far!

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@inproceedings {262176,
author = {Christina Yakomin},
title = {Cloudy with a Chance of Chaos},
booktitle = {SREcon20 Americas (SREcon20 Americas)},
year = {2020},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = dec

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