The Multi Layered Cake of Resilience

Thursday, December 08, 2022 - 10:00 am10:30 am AEDT

Joe Chop, Shopify


The key to building resilient distributed systems is accepting that the system will fail. Furthermore, accepting that the system will fail at every layer of the stack, from the edge all the way down to the database. In this talk, we will overview a practical, multi-layer approach to building resilient web applications. Using a simplified version of a web application stack, we will illustrate through animations, a common failure scenario and how resiliency techniques at various layers protect the system.

Joe Chop, Shopify

Joe Chop is a site reliability engineering manager at Shopify, leading the SRE team spread across Hawai'i, Singapore, Japan, and Australia. When Joe is not on call, he enjoys pager free time out on the ocean and mountains, surfing and hiking the volcanoes of Hawai'i.

@conference {284903,
author = {Joe Chop},
title = {The Multi Layered Cake of Resilience},
year = {2022},
address = {Sydney},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = dec

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