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The Art of Scalability: Scalable Web Architecture, Processes, and Organizations for the Modern Enterprise, Second Edition by Michael T. Fisher, Martin L. Abbott

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Chapter 25. Caching for Performance and Scale

What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.

—Sun Tzu

What is the best way to handle large volumes of traffic? This is, of course, a trick question and at this point in the book we hope you answered something like “Establish the right organization, implement the right processes, and follow the right architectural principles to ensure the system can scale.” That’s a great answer. An even better answer is to say, “Not to handle it at all.” While this may sound too good to be true, it can be accomplished. The guideline of “Don’t handle the traffic if you can avoid it” should be a mantra of your architects and potentially even an architectural principle. ...

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