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A Comprehensive, Proven Approach to IT Scalability from Two Veteran Software, Technology, and Business Executives

In The Art of Scalability, AKF Partners cofounders Martin L. Abbott and Michael T. Fisher cover everything IT and business leaders must know to build technology infrastructures that can scale smoothly to meet any business requirement. Drawing on their unparalleled experience managing some of the world’s highest-transaction-volume Web sites, the authors provide detailed models and best-practice approaches available in no other book.

Unlike previous books on scalability, The Art of Scalability doesn’t limit its coverage to technology. Writing for both technical and nontechnical decision-makers, this book covers everything that impacts scalability, including architecture, processes, people, and organizations.

Throughout, the authors address a broad spectrum of real-world challenges, from performance testing to IT governance. Using their tools and guidance, organizations can systematically overcome obstacles to scalability and achieve unprecedented levels of technical and business performance.

Coverage includes

  • Staffing the scalable organization: essential organizational, management, and leadership skills for technical leaders

  • Building processes for scale: process lessons from hyper-growth companies, from technical issue resolution to crisis management

  • Making better “build versus buy” decisions

  • Architecting scalable solutions: powerful proprietary models for identifying scalability needs and choosing the best approaches to meet them

  • Optimizing performance through caching, application and database splitting, and asynchronous design

  • Scalability techniques for emerging technologies, including clouds and grids

  • Planning for rapid data growth and new data centers

  • Evolving monitoring strategies to tightly align with customer requirements

Subscriber Reviews

Average Rating: 3.5714285714285716 out of 5 rating Based on 7 Ratings

"Best book for scalability" - by siva on 21-MAR-2011
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This book puts the scalability in perspective beyond software architecture. There is something to takeaway from this book for every role in the organization from leader, management, developers and architects. I liked the AKF scale cube for axes of scale, the core scalability architecural principles and the framework to handle scalability incidents, crisis. This is a must read for every manager in a high growth company out to scale their organization, people, processes and the technology. I am going to hang around this book as a reference for handling scalability projects
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"Top Notch Best Practices; Written Well" - by jdsboston on 23-FEB-2011
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Not only is the book chock full of good ideas, frameworks and thoughtful methodologies but it's written well and easily reviewed digested and consumed.  I have been pouring through a lot of related books and not all authors make an effort to communicate well.  Martin and Michael are top notch professionals in this regard, conveying useful practical tools and best practices and reinforcing what matters most from the perspective of outcomes and impact -- very clear thinkers.  /josh
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