Architecting for Scale


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 at or directly from O'Reilly Media in paperback, or electronic form.

“I highly recommend this book for those looking for an entry point into the world of microservices and high availability cloud architectures. Several broad and complex topics are boiled down to their essence, presented clearly and concisely, and wrapped in well-reasoned best practices. This will be a mandatory read for my team.”
— Dan in Customer Review
“This book does not dig deep, but it is not intended to. If you are looking to understand the latest trends in high availability architecture this is an excellent book. I feel this book is for business personnel looking to improve their knowledge , experienced software engineers that want to move away from legacy patterns, software engineers that are looking to become systems architects, and engineers just entering the software development path.”
— Justin in Customer Review
“I found this book to be extremely useful in understanding relevant, real-world paradigms for scaling enterprise applications.”
— Adam from Seattle in O'Reilly Customer Review

10 Tech Books for Summer Reading

by Information Week/Network Computing

Architecting for Scale is book #3 on their summer reading list.

"Summer is always a good time to catch up on some reading. The days are long and theoretically at least, a bit slower. And like most tech nerds, you'll want to spend that time expanding your IT know-how. Perhaps you want to build more expertise in a certain domain or expand your horizons and learn about a new area. In either case, we've got some books you'll want to check out.

"Most of these tech books are hot off the press. A few have been out for a bit, but haven't lost their sheen and remain highly relevant. Many cover cutting-edge topics that were some of the hottest sessions at Interop Las Vegas this year, including network automation, DevOps, and containers. In fact, some the authors, such as network consultant Jason Edelman and eBay Network Software Engineer Matt Oswalt, were popular speakers at the conference.

"With the rise of cloud and software-defined networking, IT roles are changing so it makes sense for infrastructure pros to get familiar with emerging technologies, hence our book choices. Who knows, perhaps one or more of these books will inspire you to take a different approach in your work, or a whole new path in your IT career."

Checkout the article for the complete list, including Architecting for Scale.

Downloadable Content

Risk Matrix Templates
These files are templates for making a risk matrix, as discussed in the chapter “The Risk Matrix”. Please see the book for usage and other information:

What is the Creature on the Cover?

Meet Connie, the Scale Snail!


Connie is a Cornus textile, which is a form of venomous sea snail, or cone snail, a marine gastropod mollusk.

  • Connie has a venomous sting
  • Her shell pattern resembles Wolfram's Rule 30
  • Cone snails love service oriented architecture

You can find out more by taking a look at the Wikipedia article on the subject.

She was introduced to the world on Dec 17, 2015 in a tweet  from O’Reilly Velocity: