Architecting for Scale: How to Maintain High Availability and Manage Risk in the Cloud 2nd Edition

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From the Publisher

Who Should Read This Book

This book is intended for architects, managers, and directors who build and operate large-scale applications and systems, whether in an engineering or an operations organization. If you manage software developers, system reliability engineers, or operation teams, or you run an organization that contains large-scale applications and systems, the suggestions and guidance provided in this book will help you make your applications run smoother and more reliably.

If your application started small and has seen incredible growth (and is now experiencing some of the growing pains associated with that growth), you might be suffering from reduced reliability and reduced availability. If you struggle with managing technical debt and associated application failures, this book will provide guidance in reducing that technical debt to make your application able to handle larger scale more easily.

What’s New in the Second Edition

While many of the concepts discussed in this book are mostly timeless, many (such as serverless computing) have had to be updated to reflect industry changes over the last four years.

Additionally, I’ve spent the last several years traveling around the world talking and speaking about these topics. I’ve learned a lot from various interactions with customers and other experts, and I’ve incorporated much of what I’ve learned into this edition.

An extensive update on cloud utilization has also been added to this book.

Finally, the content has been significantly restructured and reorganized from the first edition to make the information more accessible and relevant.

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About the Author

Lee Atchison is the Senior Director, Cloud Architecture at New Relic. For the last seven years he has helped design and build a solid service-based product architecture that scaled from startup to high traffic public enterprise.

Lee has 32 years of industry experience including seven years as a Senior Manager at Amazon.com. At Amazon, he led the creation of the company’s first software download store, created AWS Elastic Beanstalk, and managed the migration of Amazon’s retail platform to a new service-based architecture.

Lee has consulted with leading organizations on how to modernize their application architectures and transform their organizations at scale; including optimize for cloud platforms, utilize service based architectures, implement DevOps practices, and design for high availability. This experience lead him to write his book “Architecting for Scale”, published in 2016 by O’Reilly Media.

Lee is an industry expert and is widely quoted in publications such as Diginomica, IT Brief, Programmable Web, CIO Review, and DZone. He has been a featured speaker at events across the globe from London to Sydney, Tokyo to Paris, and all over North America.


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