Capacity Planning for Internet Services (Blueprint Series)

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A Blueprint Guide to capacity planning in a Solaris Environment by the foremost authority and bestselling author, Adrian Cockcroft.

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The demands placed on a server farm by e-commerce and other Internet services differ from those imposed by longer-studied and better-understood processing tasks, largely because the potential demand for publicly accessible Internet services is practically infinite. Capacity Planning for Internet Services takes a careful look at traditional mainframe capacity planning techniques in light of the Internet's characteristics, evaluating their effectiveness in the new environment. The book offers new tools, formulas, and tables for use in estimating server requirements (they focus on the Sun Microsystems product line) for Internet work.

Ideal for system administrators, design engineers, database administrators, and anyone else involved in planning an upgrade path for an Internet-connected Sun environment, this book spends a lot of time documenting the factors that can create performance bottlenecks in Solaris servers and explaining how to measure peak loads. Hourly, monthly, seasonal, and special load increases are modelled mathematically, and the authors offer ideas for planning hardware capacity to match demand. They're explicit in their recommendations, calling for specific processor speeds, disk capacities, bandwidth provisions, and other specifications. Throughout, the emphasis is on keeping server capacity just slightly ahead of user requirements, so as to minimise expense. --David Wall

Topics covered: Models for predicting Internet users' demands upon Sun servers providing data base lookups, transaction processing, and other services. Strategies for documenting user demand, tools for making observations, mathematical models for making predictions, and processes for planning capacity are all detailed.

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ADRIAN COCKCROFT is a Distinguished Systems Engineer at Sun Microsystems, working in the Performance Applications Engineering organization. He has broad experience of both hardware and software and works to make sure that many diverse products come together to form complete and consistent systems. He is the primary author of Sun Performance and Tuning: Java and the Internet, and contributed to the Sun BluePrint on Resource Management. An Englishman, he holds a degree in Applied Physics and Electronics from the City University, London.

BILL WALKER is an IT Architect in Sun Professional Services, working in the IT Consulting and Operations Services (ITCOPS) practice. With an extensive background in IT management, he is currently focused on services including performance analysis, capacity planning, performance management, and server consolidation. He is a co-author and instructor of the Sun Educational Services Technology Seminar, "Solaris Performance and Tuning Secrets," and has taught several courses on Unix System Administration for local colleges. He attended Millersville University, studying Electrical Engineering, and Management of Information Systems.

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