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3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Capacity Planning for Web Operations, March 16, 2009
This review is from: The Art of Capacity Planning: Scaling Web Resources (Paperback)
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?
* What information should you gather for capacity planning and how?
* How to predict trends for your web applications?
* How and when to procure new hardware?
* How to create a sustainable capacity planning process?

As the author mentions in the preface, the book has a lot of common sense material. Most experienced enterprise web operations architects should be familiar with this material. But, it is refreshing to see this urban wisdom captured and printed in a book format. The book is unique in that it is not meticulously organized and illustrated like a text book or a reference guide. It provides a smattering of anecdotes, examples, gotchas, and tools from the author's experience in a rapidly growing start up environment at Flickr.

I am looking forward to a second edition of the book where the author can delve deeper into some missing aspects that are critical to capacity planning like log analysis and performance improvements. Enterprise web operations folks who are familiar with commercial tools like Sitescope, OpenView, Opsware, Gomez, etc. rather than free/open source tools and who manage a large number of diverse applications might have a learning curve to relate the examples in the book to their environment.
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Initial post: Jun 5, 2010 4:16:55 PM PDT
You have described the book as a "good introduction to Capacity Planning". Additionally, you state that you are looking forward to a second edition of this book. Therefore, it sounds as if you have a high opinion of this work. Why then did you only award it three stars? That doesn't seem like the right thing to do.
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