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Scalability Rules: Principles for Scaling Web Sites, Second Edition by Michael T. Fisher, Martin L. Abbott

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9. Design for Fault Tolerance and Graceful Failure

Chances are that you’ve heard of the UK newspaper The Guardian. You may know it for breaking famous stories such as the Edward Snowden leaks, or the 2011 phone-hacking scandal associated with Rupert Murdoch’s News International. What you probably don’t know is that the online product and technology teams have won a number of awards themselves and are considered in many circles to be among the best product teams within the United Kingdom.

Guardian News and Media, part of the Guardian Media Group, is wholly owned by Scott Trust Limited, which exists to secure the financial and editorial independence of The Guardian in perpetuity. The group has as one of its core goals a significant growth of online ...

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