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.
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.
Helping engineering managers hire great people.
A curated weekly email newsletter for all-things-monitoring. Stay up to date on monitoring without spending oodles on conferences and travel.
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.
The oldest San Francisco-based monitoring meetup. I co-organize the meetup.
The largest system administration meetup in East Tennessee and the largest LOPSA chapter ever at 50-60 attendees every month.
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.