“Once again, Abbott and Fisher provide a book that I’ll be giving to our engineers. It’s an essential read for anyone dealing with scaling an online business.”
—Chris Lalonde, VP, Technical Operations and Infrastructure Architecture, Bullhorn
“Abbott and Fisher again tackle the difficult problem of scalability in their unique and practical manner. Distilling the challenges of operating a fast-growing presence on the Internet into 50 easy-to understand rules, the authors provide a modern cookbook of scalability recipes that guide the reader through the difficulties of fast growth.”
—Geoffrey Weber, Vice President, Internet Operations, Shutterfly
“Abbott and Fisher have distilled years of wisdom into a set of cogent principles to avoid many nonobvious mistakes.”
—Jonathan Heiliger, VP, Technical Operations, Facebook
“In The Art of Scalability, the AKF team taught us that scale is not just a technology challenge. Scale is obtained only through a combination of people, process, and technology. With Scalability Rules, Martin Abbott and Michael Fisher fill our scalability toolbox with easily implemented and time-tested rules that once applied will enable massive scale.”
—Jerome Labat,VP, Product Development IT, Intuit
“When I joined Etsy, I partnered with Mike and Marty to hit the ground running in my new role, and it was one of the best investments of time I have made in my career. The indispensable advice from my experience working with Mike and Marty is fully captured here in this book. Whether you’re taking on a role as a technology leader in a new company or you simply want to make great technology decisions, Scalability Rules will be the go-to resource on your bookshelf.”
—Chad Dickerson, CTO, Etsy
“Scalability Rules provides an essential set of practical tools and concepts anyone can use when designing, upgrading, or inheriting a technology platform. It’s very easy to focus on an immediate problem and overlook issues that will appear in the future. This book ensures strategic design principles are applied to everyday challenges.”
—Robert Guild, Director and Senior Architect, Financial Services
“An insightful, practical guide to designing and building scalable systems. A must-read for both product-building and operations teams, this book offers concise and crisp insights gained from years of practical experience of AKF principals. With the complexity of modern systems, scalability considerations should be an integral part of the architecture and implementation process. Scaling systems for hypergrowth requires an agile, iterative approach that is closely aligned with product features; this book shows you how.”
—Nanda Kishore, Chief Technology Officer, ShareThis
“For organizations looking to scale technology, people, and processes rapidly or effectively, the twin pairing of Scalability Rules and The Art of Scalability are unbeatable. The rules-driven approach in Scalability Rules makes this not only an easy reference companion, but also allows organizations to tailor the Abbott and Fisher approach to their specific needs both immediately and in the future!”
—Jeremy Wright, CEO, BNOTIONS.ca and Founder, b5media
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 & Architecture for PayPal, he led 200+ developers. Abbott and Fisher co-authored The Art of Scalability (Addison-Wesley).
Scaling infrastructure and ensuring availability are technical challenges that are arguably among the most rapidly evolving in technology today.
I was also impressed with the quality of the writing - clear, grammatically correct, and very meaty without a lot of fluff or overly technical jargon.
Next time I read thru it though I will try and follow the suggested chapters since reading them from front to back does give an unorganized feel.
In the spirit of Scott Meyers' "Effective C++" series, or Michael Feathers' "Working Effectively with Legacy Systems", this book is an excellent manual for those practitioners... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David McGuire
A pleasure to read. Insightful on every page.
When you need to know a lot about scalability in a limited amount of time, this is the book to read. Read more
Contains good scalability rules while designing practical systems. Anyone from a software engineer to a manager can understand the basic principles to consider while designing... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rajesh Janakiraman
Not everything I agree with but most of rules make sense. Many are not obvious and create value for this book.Published 15 months ago by Alexey Shurygin
I bought this book after going through some reviews online. This is a must read book for anyone who is working in web application development regardless of the platform (PHP, . Read morePublished 16 months ago by VimalKumar
I specifically liked how the authors distilled some standard techniques of scalability into a concept of XYZ axes. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tikoo
Each tip makes sense and stands alone, but I would have liked more background for each one. I'm about 80% through the book, and I'm not disappointed, but the author could tie this... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Karl Vogel
I found most of the 50 principles to be filler. This book can't decide if it wants to be technical or organizational/managerial, and it tends to do a great job at neither.Published on July 7, 2012 by Alexander Rosen
Get this book if you're transitioning to the services world or want to improve your skillset without having to make all the mistakes yourself. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Rodrigo De Castro