Infrastructure

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Workflow How may we be of service? GitLab.com Status STATUS
Issue Trackers Infrastructure: Milestones, OnCall Production: Incidents, Changes, Deltas Delivery
Slack Channels #sre-lounge, #database #alerts, #production #g_delivery
Operations Runbooks (please contribute!) On-call: Handover Document, Reports  

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GitLab.com Architecture Environments Monitoring Performance
Production SRE Onboarding Readiness Guide Database Reliability On-call Handover

Mission

The Infrastructure Department is the primary responsible party for the availability, reliability, performance, and scalability of all user-facing services (most notably GitLab.com, the largest production GitLab Installation on the planet). Other departments and teams contribute greatly to these attributes of our service as well. In these cases it is the responsibility of the Infrastructure Department to close the feedback loop with monitoring and metrics to drive accountability.

Vision

We are a blend of operations gearheads and software crafters that apply sound enginering principles, operational discipline and mature automation to make GitLab.com ready for mission-critical customer workloads. We strive for excellence every day by living and breathing GitLab's values as our guiding operating principles in every decision we make and every action we take.

Blueprints, Designs, and OKRs

Blueprints are intended to scope flesh out our initial thinking about specific problems and issues we are facing (topical) and outline overall Infrastructure priorities and focus for a given quarter (quarterly). Blueprints are sketches whose purpose is to foster and frame discussion around Infrastructure topics, most of which will yield designs and OKRs, which qualify and quantify objectives and key results.

Design plays a significant role in how we produce technical solutions to meet the challenges we face in making GitLab.com ready for mission-critical workloads.

Teams

The Infrastructure Department is comprised of three teams:

For details on the Department's structure, see the Infrastructure Teams Handbook section.

SRE Stable Counterparts

Every SRE is aligned with an engineering team. Each SRE can help the teams at each stage of the process. Planning, discovery, implementation, and further iteration. The area an SRE is responsible for is part of their title, e.g. "SRE, Plan, Monitor." You can see which area of the product each SRE is aligned with in the team org chart.

Multiple SREs are aligned with areas of the product. This area will be listed on the team page under their title as an expertise, e.g. "Plan expert." This way there is a team of SREs available to provide help in the case that another is out of the office or busy with another incident or team.

Team SRE SRE SRE
Monitor Ahmad Sherif Amarbayar Amarsanaa John Skarbek
Secure John Skarbek Craig Barrett Alejandro Rodriguez
Configure Craig Barrett John Northrup Devin Sylva
Verify (CI) / Release (CD) John Northrup Devin Sylva Alex Hanselka
Serverless Andrew Newdigate John Jarvis John Northrup
Distribution and Packaging John Jarvis Alex Hanselka Craig Barrett
Create Alex Hanselka John Jarvis Amarbayar Amarsanaa
Plan Craig Barrett Amarbayar Amarsanaa John Skarbek
Manage Devin Sylva Ahmad Sherif John Northrup
Gitaly Andrew Newdigate Alejandro Rodriguez Ahmad Sherif
Gitter Andrew Newdigate Ahmad Sherif Alejandro Rodriguez
Geo Alex Hanselka John Skarbek John Jarvis