Hi folks, I’m Mike. I’m the Founder/Chief Consultant at Aster Labs, a consultancy that helps companies improve their app & infrastructure monitoring. Before starting Aster Labs, I worked as an Operations Engineer/DevOps Engineer/Site Reliability Engineer. I do quite a few other things as well, which you can read about below.
Outside of clients and other work-related projects, I’m a wine and beer aficionado, having acquired my WSET Level 2 certification in Dec 2016 and Certified Beer Server certification in July 2017. I enjoy working on old cars (latest project: restoring a 1984 BMW 3 series) and traveling.
I’m originally from Knoxville, TN, though I spent many years in Phoenix, AZ. I currently reside in San Francisco, CA.
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
(March 2017 -- Current)
A curated weekly email newsletter for all-things-monitoring. Stay up to date on monitoring without spending oodles on conferences and travel.
(October 2015 -- Current)
Sometimes you just need a little help. Leveraging my expertise in monitoring and observability, I help companies build better monitoring for their apps and infrastructure.
(Jan 2019 -- Current)
A DevOps podcast about the messy, behind-the-curtains realities of running systems at scale. No idealism here--just actual, on-the-ground stories from people in the muck.
O'Reilly Media, November 2017
Do you have a nagging feeling that your monitoring needs improvement, but you just aren’t sure where to start or how to do it? Are you plagued by constant, meaningless alerts? Does your monitoring system routinely miss real problems? This is the book for you.
League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA)
Board of Directors
(June 2013 -- May 2014)
The League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA) is a nonprofit corporation with members throughout the world. The mission is to advance the practice of system administration; to support, recognize, educate, and encourage its practitioners; and to serve the public through education and outreach on system administration issues.