Web Operations by Jesse Robbins and John Allspaw
(chapters by Theo Schlossnagle)

Publisher’s Description

Learn how to build and maintain high-traffic websites with Web Operations. Featuring essays from today’s top web engineers, this insightful book shows you how to run your web operations as reliably and effectively as Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! run theirs. Even if your site never gets that big, you’ll profit from the experience and knowledge of the people who created sites for these and other industry giants.

Inspired by Velocity, O’Reilly’s popular web performance and operations conference, Web Operations is the first comprehensive book available on this emerging discipline. With it, you’ll focus less on specific technologies and more on how the entire system works together, taking into account topics such as incident handling, business continuity planning, community management during outages, and much more.

  • Help your websites run faster and more smoothly while handling more traffic
  • Perform upgrades to the site while minimizing downtime, and learn how to avoid problems that might arise in the process
  • Handle huge surges in traffic that come with successful new products, so that your site remains stable despite the demand

Why design for failure? Plan ahead and learn how to avoid — or solve — the performance problems you’re likely to run into when your site really takes off.