You don’t have to wait for a recession to tighten up your operations. Squeezing more oomph out of your servers
(or instances!) is always a good thing, and streamlining how you handle site issues is too. We’ll will talk
about what we’ve been doing at Flickr to get more out of less from both our machines and our humans.
Capacity Hacks: diagonal scaling, tuning opportunities, and some other stupid performance tricks.
Ops “runbook” Hacks: Server and process self-healing, application-level measurement, ops communication tools,
and some worst-case scenario tricks to have in your back pocket.
John Allspaw has worked in systems operations for over 14 years in biotech, government, and online media. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructures at Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster, and Flickr. He is now VP of Tech Operations at Etsy, and is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning published by O’Reilly.
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