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Small organizations are the reality for a number of people doing operations. Despite that, there are limited resources on the subject of working in a systems team of a few engineers. On the contrary, there is literature on how large organizations implement SRE, how they got to 99.999% availability, and how to process millions of metrics per second. Those are really good and interesting reads, but I have been in the shoes of a person reading such articles and thinking, "I enjoyed reading this, but I can't use it." For the purpose of this article, the terms "small organizations/companies" but also "small-scale" will be used to describe organizations and startups where there is a single SRE or a small team of SREs.
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