Practice of Cloud System Administration, The: DevOps and SRE Practices for Web Services, Volume 2

Thomas A. Limoncelli / Strata R. Chalup / Christina J. Hogan  
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September 2014
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The Practice of Cloud System Administration, Volume 2 focuses on today's fastest-growing areas of system administration: cloud computing and DevOps. For the first time, it brings together comprehensive knowledge and best practices for administering systems in the age of cloud computing, and for architecting, scaling, and operating services that perform reliably and well. The new companion volume to our best-selling Practice of System and Network Administration, it offers expert coverage of these and many other crucial topics.


  • Indispensable for everyone who manages cloud systems for the enterprise or service providers, or plans to do so (a market of 1,400,000+ IT pros in the US alone)
  • Covers DevOps, administrative design patterns, scalability, reliability, automation, metrics, backup/restore, provisioning, documentation, operational hygiene, and more
  • Includes a full chapter on identifying and resolving resiliency problems

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Design: Building It
  • Chapter 1: Designing in a Distributed World
  • Chapter 2: Designing for Operations
  • Chapter 3: Selecting a Service Platform
  • Chapter 4: Application Architectures
  • Chapter 5: Design Patterns for Scaling
  • Chapter 6: Design Patterns for Resiliency
  • Part II: Operations: Running It
  • Chapter 7: Operations in a Distributed World
  • Chapter 8: DevOps Culture
  • Chapter 9: Service Delivery: The Build Phase
  • Chapter 10: Service Delivery: The Deployment Phase
  • Chapter 11: Upgrading Live Services
  • Chapter 12: Automation
  • Chapter 13: Design Documents
  • Chapter 14: Oncall
  • Chapter 15: Disaster Preparedness
  • Chapter 16: Monitoring Fundamentals
  • Chapter 17: Monitoring Architecture and Practice
  • Chapter 18: Capacity Planning
  • Chapter 19: Creating KPIs
  • Chapter 20: Operational Excellence


Thomas A. Limoncelli is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and system administrator with more than twenty years of experience at companies like Google, Bell Labs, and


Strata R. Chalup has more than twenty-five years of experience in Silicon Valley, focusing on IT strategy, best-practices, and scalable infrastructures at firms that include Apple, Sun, Cisco, McAfee, and Palm.


Christina J. Hogan has more than twenty years of experience in system administration and network engineering, from Silicon Valley to Italy and Switzerland. She has a master’s degree in computer science, a doctorate in aeronautical engineering, and has been part of a Formula 1 racing team.