Scalability Rules: 50 Principles for Scaling Web Sites by Martin L. Abbott

Scalability Rules: 50 Principles for Scaling Web Sites

byMartin L. Abbott, Michael T. Fisher

Kobo ebook | May 4, 2011

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50 Powerful, Easy-to-Use Rules for Supporting Hypergrowth in Any Environment


Scalability Rules is the easy-to-use scalability primer and reference for every architect, developer, web professional, and manager. Authors Martin L. Abbott and Michael T. Fisher have helped scale more than 200 hypergrowth Internet sites through their consulting practice. Now, drawing on their unsurpassed experience, they present 50 clear, proven scalability rules—and practical guidance for applying them.


Abbott and Fisher transform scalability from a “black art” to a set of realistic, technology-agnostic best practices for supporting hypergrowth in nearly any environment, including both frontend and backend systems.


For architects, they offer powerful new insights for creating and evaluating designs. For developers, they share specific techniques for handling everything from databases to state. For managers, they provide invaluable help in goal-setting, decision-making, and interacting with technical teams. Whatever your role, you’ll find practical risk/benefit guidance for setting priorities—and getting maximum “bang for the buck.”


•  Simplifying architectures and avoiding “over-engineering”

•  Scaling via cloning, replication, separating functionality, and splitting data sets

•  Scaling out, not up

•  Getting more out of databases without compromising scalability

•  Avoiding unnecessary redirects and redundant double-checking

•  Using caches and content delivery networks more aggressively, without introducing unacceptable complexity

•  Designing for fault tolerance, graceful failure, and easy rollback

•  Striving for statelessness when you can; efficiently handling state when you must

•  Effectively utilizing asynchronous communication

•  Learning quickly from mistakes, and much more

Martin L. Abbott, formerly COO of Quigo, spent nearly six years at eBay, most recently as SVP of Technology/CTO. He has held engineering, management, and executive positions at Gateway and Motorola. Michael T. Fisher, a veteran software and technology executive, spent two years as CTO of Quigo. Previously, as VP of Engineering & Archi...
Title:Scalability Rules: 50 Principles for Scaling Web SitesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 4, 2011Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0132613980

ISBN - 13:9780132613989


Table of Contents

Preface     viii

Acknowledgments   xiii

About the Authors     xiv

1 Reduce the Equation     1

2 Distribute Your Work     23

3 Design to Scale Out Horizontally    35

4 Use the Right Tools    53

5 Don’t Duplicate Your Work    71

6 Use Caching Aggressively     87

7 Learn from Your Mistakes     113

8 Database Rules     129

9 Design for Fault Tolerance and Graceful Failure    147

10 Avoid or Distribute State     167

11 Asynchronous Communication and Message Buses    179

12 Miscellaneous Rules     193

13 Rule Review and Prioritization     213

Index     247