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Scalable Internet Architectures by Theo Schlossnagle

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Chapter 1. Scaling Up (and Down)

When building a solid web infrastructure, the most important aspect is to maintain a strategy for growing and shrinking the system in a way that is both timely and economically conservative. By making intelligent decisions throughout the evolution of an architecture, scalability will be a matter of engineering rather than redesign, large purchasing, or black magic.

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