Web Operations by Jesse Robbins, John Allspaw
Web Operations by Jesse Robbins, John Allspaw

Web Operations

Keeping the Data On Time

by Jesse Robbins, John Allspaw

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Learn what it takes to build and maintain high-traffic websites with Web Operations. Featuring essays from today's top web veterans, this insightful book shows you how to run your web ops 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.

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