The Art of Capacity Planning: Scaling Web Resources

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The Art of Capacity Planning: Scaling Web Resources
Started reading:
7th November 2009
Finished reading:
12th November 2009

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Book rating: 10 of 10


Success on the web is measured by usage and growth. Web-based companies live or die by the ability to scale their infrastructure to accommodate increasing demand. This book is a hands-on and practical guide to planning for such growth, with many techniques and considerations to help you plan, deploy, and manage web application infrastructure. The Art of Capacity Planning is written by the manager of data operations for the world-famous photo-sharing site, now owned by Yahoo! John Allspaw combines personal anecdotes from many phases of Flickr’s growth with insights from his colleagues in many other industries to give you solid guidelines for measuring your growth, predicting trends, and making cost-effective preparations. Topics include: Evaluating tools for measurement and deployment Capacity analysis and prediction for storage, database, and application servers Designing architectures to easily add and measure capacity Handling sudden spikes Predicting exponential and explosive growth How cloud services such as EC2 can fit into a capacity strategy
In this book, Allspaw draws on years of valuable experience, starting from the days when Flickr was relatively small and had to deal with the typical growth pains and cost/performance trade-offs of a typical company with a Web presence. The advice he offers in The Art of Capacity Planning will not only help you prepare for explosive growth, it will save you tons of grief.

This is simply awesome book about planning you hardware capacity, and forecasting your needs in the feature. It contains helpful information about how to collect your metrics to understand how your system works now, what are mayor bottlenecks, how to predict when you will need additional hardware and so on. There is not much of theory there, instead author gives practical advices on what to do and how to do it well. This is one of the most helpful book I’ve ever read.