John Allspaw is currently Operations Engineering Manager at Flickr, the popular photo site. He has had extensive experience working with growing web sites since 1999. These include online news magazines (Salon.com, InfoWorld.com, Macworld.com) and social networking sites that experienced extreme growth (Friendster and Flickr). During his time at Friendster, traffic increased 5X. He was responsible for their transition from a couple dozen servers in a failing data center to over 400 machines across two data centers, and the complete redesign of the backing infrastructure. When he joined Flickr, they had 10 servers in a tiny data center in Vancouver; they are now located in multiple data centers across the US. Prior to his web experience, Allspaw worked in modeling and simulation as a mechanical engineer doing car crash simulations for the NHTSA.
When I read a technical book, I'm really looking for takeaways.
All in all a great quick read that cut to the details and made me feel more confident I could bridge the gap between business and IT in a short amount of time.
I found Allspaw's book intelligent, easy to grasp and full of interesting bits of wisdom, gleaned from his experience at Flickr.
John Allspaw's book is a classical treatise about capacity planning. It is a valuable asset to all web services professionals. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Raghu Mysore
This book is fantastic! It's a very easy read, keeps you engaged and is full of excellent advise for all stages. Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Michael R. Schenck
The Art of Capacity Planning is a good introduction to Capacity Planning for Web Operations that touches on the following topics:
* Why do you need capacity planning? Read more
Great content. The size of the print is so small it distracts from reading the text. [...] you should be able to read the damn book easily. Read morePublished on August 30, 2009 by The Corfu
John Allspaw brings a great deal of his experience with Flickr to this book and that makes it a five-star read in my view. Read morePublished on November 18, 2008 by Michael J. Wurzer
The "Art" is an approachable treatment of a complex field of operations: capacity planning for high-traffic websites. Read morePublished on October 20, 2008 by Federico Lucifredi
I found Allspaw's book intelligent, easy to grasp and full of interesting bits of wisdom, gleaned from his experience at Flickr. Read morePublished on October 18, 2008 by Martin Milbank