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Matthew Barlocker

Matthew is a software engineer who knows the pain of being oncall. He founded Blue Matador to provide a proactive monitoring tool to oncall engineers.

Guardian Devops

Segfaults in Golang with Cgo
By Matthew Barlocker on April 5, 2019

Solving a dying Golang process with Keilan Jackson at Blue Matador I started the new GuardianDevOps service to share my expertise with other engineers. I was thrilled to find an internal...

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Guardian Devops

Introducing Guardian DevOps
By Matthew Barlocker on March 15, 2019

I started Blue Matador in 2016 to help people like me. Site reliability engineers' and devops engineers' time is in short supply while the demands keep growing. We support an increasing...

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Kubernetes

My First Kubernetes Cluster: A Review of Amazon EKS
By Matthew Barlocker on January 29, 2019

During my career, I’ve taken part in many on-call rotations and post-mortems. The longest on-call rotation I’ve ever had — no breaks, vacations, or holidays — lasted for a whopping 2.5...

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Blue Matador

What to Expect from a Next-gen Monitoring Tool, Blue Matador 2018 Review
By Matthew Barlocker on January 8, 2019

What do you expect from a monitoring tool? What should you expect? The Blue Matador team has spent 2018 making a next-gen monitoring tool. Our design goals came from thrilled customers...

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AWS

5 Tips to Avoid Deadlocks in Amazon RDS Part 2
By Matthew Barlocker on December 27, 2018

If you missed the first 2 tips, go back and read 5 Tips to Avoid Deadlocks in Amazon RDS (Part 1), and then come back for the last 3 tips on deadlock avoidance.

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AWS

5 Tips to Avoid Deadlocks in Amazon RDS Part 1
By Matthew Barlocker on December 20, 2018

Last week, I wrote A Beginner’s Guide to Deadlocks in Amazon RDS. This week, I’d like to lay out my 10 years of experience about how to avoid deadlocks altogether. Often times, this...

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