The Art of Capacity Planning: Scaling Web Resources [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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The Art of Capacity Planning: Scaling Web Resources

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Overview

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 Flickr.com, 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596551834
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/23/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 1,330,395
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents


Preface ix
1 Goals, Issues, and Processes in Capacity Planning 1 Quick and Dirty Math 3 Predicting When Your Systems Will Fail 3 Make Your System Stats Tell Stories 4 Buying Stuff: Procurement Is a Process 6 Performance and Capacity: Two Different Animals 6 The Effects of Social Websites and Open APIs 8
2 Setting Goals for Capacity 11 Different Kinds of Requirements and Measurements 12 Architecture Decisions 15
3 Measurement: Units of Capacity 23 Aspects of Capacity Tracking Tools 24 Applications of Monitoring 31 API Usage and Its Effect on Capacity 59 Examples and Reality 60 Summary 61
4 Predicting Trends 63 Riding Your Waves 64 Procurement 80 The Effects of Increasing Capacity 83 Long-Term Trends 84 Iteration and Calibration 88 Summary 90
5 Deployment 93 Automated Deployment Philosophies 93 Automated Installation Tools 96 Automated Configuration 98 Summary 103 A Virtualization and Cloud Computing 105 B Dealing with Instantaneous Growth 121 C Capacity Tools 127 Index 131
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