- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0137030428
- ISBN-13: 978-0137030422
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This book is much more than you may think it is. Scale is not just about designing Web sites that don’t crash when lots of users show up. It is about designing your company so that it doesn’t crash when your business needs to grow. These guys have been there on the front lines of some of the most successful Internet companies of our time, and they share the good, the bad, and the ugly about how to not just survive, but thrive.”
–Marty Cagan, Founder, Silicon Valley Product Group
“A must read for anyone building a Web service for the mass market.”
–Dana Stalder, General Partner, Matrix Partners
“Abbott and Fisher have deep experiences with scale in both large and small enterprises. What’s unique about their approach to scalability is they start by focusing on the true foundation: people and process, without which true scalability cannot be built. Abbott and Fisher leverage their years of experience in a very accessible and practical approach to scalability that has been proven over time with their significant success.”
–Geoffrey Weber, VP of Internet Operations/IT, Shutterfly
“If I wanted the best diagnoses for my health I would go to the Mayo Clinic. If I wanted the best diagnoses for my portfolio companies’ performance and scalability I would call Martin and Michael. They have recommended solutions to performance and scalability issues that have saved some of my companies from a total rewrite of the system.”
–Warren M. Weiss, General Partner, Foundation Capital
“As a manager who worked under Michael Fisher and Marty Abbott during my time at PayPal/eBay, the opportunity to directly absorb the lessons and experiences presented in this book are invaluable to me now working at Facebook.”
–Yishan Wong, Director of Engineering, Facebook
"The Art of Scalability is by far the best book on scalability on the market today. The authors tackle the issues of scalability from processes, to people, to performance, to the highly technical. Whether your organization is just starting out and is defining processes as you go, or you are a mature organization, this is the ideal book to help you deal with scalability issues before, during, or after an incident. Having built several projects, programs, and companies from small to significant scale, I can honestly say I wish I had this book one, five, and ten years ago.”
–Jeremy Wright, CEO, b5media, Inc.
“Only a handful of people in the world have experienced the kind of growth-related challenges that Fisher and Abbott have seen at eBay, PayPal, and the other companies they’ve helped to build. Fewer still have successfully overcome such challenges. The Art of Scalability provides a great summary of lessons learned while scaling two of the largest internet companies in the history of the space, and it’s a must-read for any executive at a hyper-growth company. What’s more, it’s well-written and highly entertaining. I couldn’t put it down.”
–Kevin Fortuna, Partner, AKF Consulting
“Marty and Mike’s book covers all the bases, from understanding how to build a scalable organization to the processes and technology necessary to run a highly scalable architecture. They have packed in a ton of great practical solutions from real world experiences. This book is a must-read for anyone having difficulty managing the scale of a hyper-growth company or a startup hoping to achieve hyper growth.”
–Tom Keeven, Partner, AKF Consulting
“The Art of Scalability is remarkable in its wealth of information and clarity; the authors provide novel, practical, and demystifying approaches to identify, predict, and resolve scalability problems before they surface. Marty Abbott and Michael Fisher use their rich experience and vision, providing unique and groundbreaking tools to assist small and hyper-growth organizations as they maneuver in today’s demanding technological environments.”
–Joseph M. Potenza, Attorney, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
From the Back Cover
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 includesStaffing the scalable organization: essential organizational, management, and leadership skills for technical leadersBuilding processes for scale: process lessons from hyper-growth companies, from technical issue resolution to crisis managementMaking better "build versus buy" decisionsArchitecting scalable solutions: powerful proprietary models for identifying scalability needs and choosing the best approaches to meet themOptimizing performance through caching, application and database splitting, and asynchronous designScalability techniques for emerging technologies, including clouds and gridsPlanning for rapid data growth and new data centersEvolving monitoring strategies to tightly align with customer requirements
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1- Great for Management with Non Technical Background. Helps appreciate fundamental scalability concepts
2- Does a good job providing an overview of common scalability challenges in regards to teams and Processes
3- Helps Define Roles/Responsibilities within organizations for Scalability.
4- I like and Agree with Buy vs build approach!
5- Sets good high level guiding principles.
1- Part III of the book lacks data and necessary details.
2- Appendix A,B and C deserves more discussion and real life examples with hard data. Not Impressed!
3- Cloud Computing Chapter 28/29 clearly lacks details when it comes to scalability challenges.
4- SLAs & uptime are an important part of a service contract in SaaS/IaaS) and book lacks necessary details.
I think this is spot on. I am a software engineer of about 7 years and I was looking for technical insight on scaling as well as tips for an engineer advancing through the phases of a start up Internet company.
The book belabored simple or even self-evident concepts to the point of almost unreadability. I thought, honestly, at some points they were padding it. For someone with my experience level, which I wouldn't self-rate even as "a lot of experience", the book was almost insight-less. Perhaps a management degree graduate looking to get into tech management would find this text useful in some way.
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