Web Operations: Keeping the Data On Time (Google eBook)

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Jun 21, 2010 - 338 pages
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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.

  • Learn the skills needed in web operations, and why they're gained through experience rather than schooling
  • Understand why it's important to gather metrics from both your application and infrastructure
  • Consider common approaches to database architectures and the pitfalls that come with increasing scale
  • Learn how to handle the human side of outages and degradations
  • Find out how one company avoided disaster after a huge traffic deluge
  • Discover what went wrong after a problem occurs, and how to prevent it from happening again

Contributors include:

John Allspaw

Heather Champ

Michael Christian

Richard Cook

Alistair Croll

Patrick Debois

Eric Florenzano

Paul Hammond

Justin Huff

Adam Jacob

Jacob Loomis

Matt Massie

Brian Moon

Anoop Nagwani

Sean Power

Eric Ries

Theo Schlossnagle

Baron Schwartz

Andrew Shafer

  

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User Review  - Gyuri - Goodreads

Started reading it, and jumped to different parts. Operation is certainly is huge area, this books seems to cover pretty many of what needs to be understood. Read full review

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User Review  - David Robillard - Goodreads

Clearly an important book for anyone responsible of web operations. It's all there! Read full review

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Contents

The Career
1
Lessons Learned
11
3 Infrastructure and Application Metrics
21
4 Continuous Deployment
49
5 Infrastructure As Code
65
6 Monitoring
81
7 How Complex Systems Fail
107
8 Community Management and Web Operations
117
10 Dev and Ops Collaboration and Cooperation
139
UserFacing Metrics
157
12 Relational Database Strategy and Tactics for the Web
187
The Art and Science of Postmortems
219
14 Storage
227
15 Nonrelational Databases
247
16 Agile Infrastructure
263
17 Things That Go Bump in the Night and How to Sleep Through Them
285

9 Dealing with Unexpected Traffic Spikes
127

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About the author (2010)

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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