Many teams at Pluralsight use systemd for application process management. When systemd starts a process, it needs to know if the process started successfully. The most simple way to do this is for systemd to wait for a bit after starting the process (perhaps 10 seconds) and simply check that the process is still running. Since you generally can't predict exactly how long your service will take to successfully start up, this is error prone. Furthermore, this method is slow. If you are doing synchronous restarts for a rolling deploy, this adds a lot of time.