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Scalable Internet Architectures by Theo Schlossnagle

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Introduction

The Internet is a big place, and its population gets bigger every day. If you have something popular to say or sell, all those people might come knocking on your door—at the same time! If this doesn’t scare you, it should.

In this book we cover several approaches to building solutions that can grow (and grow big), which will keep you sleeping soundly at night and your chair dry in the event of catastrophic disasters.

I spend my days (and nights) looking at big systems—sites with tens of millions of users, terabytes upon terabytes of information.They all have one thing in common:They aren’t working. My area of expertise is troubleshooting systems and talking clients down off the ledge because someone, somewhere, didn’t design with ...

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