Lee Atchison
Senior Director, Strategic Architecture

Lee has 30 years of experience and committed his career to architecting and building high scale, cloud-based, service oriented, SaaS applications. He has a specific expertise in building highly available systems.

Lee is the Senior Director, Strategic Architecture at New Relic. During the last four years at New Relic, he designed and lead the building of the New Relic platform and infrastructure products, and helped New Relic architect a solid service-based system architecture that scales as they have grown from a simple SaaS startup to a high traffic public enterprise.

For more information on Lee's background and experience, click here.

"Lee Atchison from New Relic hit it out of the park and down the street with his presentation on highly scaled applications."

Roger Strukhoff in "Cloud Computing on Ulitzer"

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Upcoming Events

The following some of the events that Lee will be either speaking at or attending and available for meetings and discussions.

AWS Summit - Sydney

Lee will be at AWS Summit - Sydney in Sydney, Australia.
When: Apr 5, 2017
Lee will be speaking at this event.

MLB Club Tech Summit - Los Angeles

Lee will be at MLB Club Tech Summit - Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA.
When: May 2, 2017
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Lee will be speaking at this event.


Lee will be at FutureStack/London in London, England.
When: May 23, 2017
Where: Kings Place, London, England
Lee will be speaking at this event.


Lee will be at FutureStack/Berlin in Berlin, Germany.
When: Jun 22, 2017
Where: Andel's by Vienna House, Berlin, Germany
Lee will be speaking at this event.
Click here to see a list of all events Lee is attending.

Architecting for Scale

Lee is the author of Architecting for Scale by O'Reilly Media. As web applications grow, two things begin to happen. They become significantly more complicated and hence brittle, and they handle significantly larger traffic volume requiring more novel and complicated mechanisms to handle this traffic. This can lead to a death spiral for an application that can lead to brownouts, blackouts, and other quality of service and availability problems. This book helps you avoid this death spiral by teaching you basic techniques for building applications that can reliably handle huge quantities of traffic, as well as huge variability in traffic without impacting the quality your customers expect. *Architecting for Scale* is available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

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Lee@Scale provides techniques, guidance, and best practices for how to build web applications that scale to significant traffic volumes. Here is the most recent post:
Don’t Write Off the AWS S3 Outage as a Fat-Finger Folly Mar 8, 2017

Major bug? Human error? Neither. The AWS S3 outage last week was more like a minor bug in an otherwise solid availability plan executed by AWS. Read my article at The New Stack..

Read all at Lee@Scale.

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Lee Atchison

  • Architect
  • Engineer
  • Author
  • Cloud Architecture
  • Application Scaling
  • Availability
  • Risk Management
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