Web Operations by John Allspaw

I was really surprised by this book, taking into account that the domain is rapidly changing and technologies come and go. As with most good books, there are lots of good advice peppered through the book, and as well as some so-and-so chapters, overall a nice read. I would have considered this book good, if it was just out of print but coming with so many great ideas and tips for 2010 it’s quite an achievement in itself.

Some ideas I’ve jotted down:

Ch1 - mention of SRE, in a 2010 book, pretty cool, huh?

Ch2/3 - Monitoring & Metrics

Ch4/5 - CD / Infra as Code

Cache early and often, but don’t shard early and often.

Above all, remember this: take backups. The long-term benefits of backups have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.

Data is your most precious business asset, and it is irreplaceable.