Book Review: The Practice Of Cloud System Administration Volume 2 – Designing And Operating Large Distributed Systems

Book Review
Hello everyone with another book review. This time, I will be reviewing a book that I consider a classic. As always, let's start with the list of contents: Part I Design: Building it Designing in a distributed world Designing for Operations Selecting a Service Platform Application Architectures Design Patterns for Scaling Design Patterns for Resiliency Part II Operations: Running it Operations in a Distributed World DevOps Culture Service Delivery: The Build Phase Service Delivery: The Deployment Phase Upgrading Live Services Automation Design Documents Oncall Disaster Preparedness Monitoring Fundamentals Monitoring Architecture and Practice Capacity Planning Creating KPIs Operational Excellence Part III Appendices Assessments The Origins and Future of Distributed Computing and Clouds Scaling Terminology and Concepts Templates and Examples Recommended Reading   overall a bit over 500 beautifully printed pages (as…
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Book Review: PostgreSQL Replication

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So for my series of System Engineering books, I will proceed with a short review of PostgreSQL Replication by Packt. The reason this book came to be a part of my collection is that while there is a lot of information regarding PostgreSQL replication out there, a lot of it is out of date, given the overhaul of the replication system in PostgreSQL 9.X. Without further ado, here is the list of contents of the book. Understanding Replication Concepts Understanding the PostgreSQL Transaction Log Understanding Point-In-Time Recovery Setting up asynchronous replication Setting up synchronous replication Monitoring your setup Understanding Linux High-Availability Working with pgbouncer Working with PgPool Configuring Slony Using Skytools Working with Postgres-XC Scaling with PL/Proxy The book gets straight into business with an introduction of replication concepts, and…
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Book Review: Web Operations: Keeping the Data on Time

For my kickoff of systems engineering book reviews I have chosen this book. While not being technical in the strict sense of the term (if you are looking for code snippets or ready-to-use architecture ideas, look elsewhere), this collection of 17 essays provides a birds-eye view of the relatively new principle of Web Operations. As you will see from the short TOC below, no stone is left unturned and broad coverage is given to a range of subject ranging from NoSQL databases to community management (and all the points in between). This is what you will be getting: Web Operations: The career How Picnik Uses Cloud Computing: Lessons Learned Infrastructure and Application Metrics Continuous Deployment Infrastructure As Code Monitoring How Complex Systems Fail Community Management and Web Operations Dealing with…
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