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Web Operations: Keeping the Data on Timeby John Allspaw
Synopses & Reviews
A web application involves many specialists, but it takes people in web ops to ensure that everything works together throughout an application's lifetime. It's the expertise you need when your start-up gets an unexpected spike in web traffic, or when a new feature causes your mature application to fail. In this collection of essays and interviews, web veterans such as Theo Schlossnagle, Baron Schwartz, and Alistair Croll offer insights into this evolving field. You'll learn stories from the trenches--from builders of some of the biggest sites on the Web--on what's necessary to help a site thrive.
Book News Annotation:
This collection of essays and interviews with web veterans offers insight on the skills needed in designing, building, and maintaining a web site and on web operations as a career. It will be of interest to developers, system administrators, and database and network engineers. Some topics addressed are considerations when designing a monitoring system, theory and approaches for configuration and deployment management, dealing with unexpected traffic spikes, and agile infrastructure. The book includes code examples. Allspaw has worked in system operations for 14 years. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Learn how to build and maintain high-traffic Web sites with "Web Operations." Featuring essays from today's top Web engineers, this insightful book shows users how to run their Web operations as reliably and effectively as Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! run theirs.
A web application involves many specialists, but it takes people in web ops to ensure that everything works together throughout an application's lifetim
About the Author
John Allspaw is currently Operations Engineering Manager at Flickr, the popular photo site. He has had extensive experience working with growing web sites since 1999. These include online news magazines Salon.com, InfoWorld.com, Macworld.com and social networking sites that experienced extreme growth (Friendster and Flickr). During his time at Friendster, traffic increased 5X. He was responsible for their transition from a couple dozen servers in a failing data center to over 400 machines across two data centers, and the complete redesign of the backing infrastructure. When he joined Flickr, they had 10 servers in a tiny data center in Vancouver; they are now located in multiple data centers across the US. Prior to his web experience, Allspaw worked in modeling and simulation as a mechanical engineer doing car crash simulations for the NHTSA.
Jesse Robbins (@jesserobbins) is CEO of Opscode (makers of Chef) and a recognized expert in Infrastructure, Web Operations, and Emergency Management.
Table of Contents
DedicationForewordPrefaceChapter 1: Web Operations: The CareerChapter 2: How Picnik Uses Cloud Computing: Lessons LearnedChapter 3: Infrastructure and Application MetricsChapter 4: Continuous DeploymentChapter 5: Infrastructure As CodeChapter 6: MonitoringChapter 7: How Complex Systems FailChapter 8: Community Management and Web OperationsChapter 9: Dealing with Unexpected Traffic SpikesChapter 10: Dev and Ops Collaboration and CooperationChapter 11: How Your Visitors Feel: User-Facing MetricsChapter 12: Relational Database Strategy and Tactics for the WebChapter 13: How to Make Failure Beautiful: The Art and Science of PostmortemsChapter 14: StorageChapter 15: Nonrelational DatabasesChapter 16: Agile InfrastructureChapter 17: Things That Go Bump in the Night (and How to Sleep Through Them)ContributorsColophon
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