Lessons from Giant-Scale Services

``Lessons from Giant-Scale Services'' by Eric A. Brewer. IEEE Internet Computing, July 2001.
Annotation: Discusses tradeoffs in the design of giant-scale services that allow for graceful degredation of service under load and failure and support for online evolution. Advocates automatic upgrade systems, and describes three approaches: fast reboot (everyone at once), rolling upgrade (round-robin), and big flip (partition the system, then upgrade each partition). Insists that these systems need a safe and fast way to roll back to the old version, since new versions tend to be buggy. Mentions that many systems use a staging area where the new software is set up alongside the old software before going live --- makes switchover (in either direction) easy.

BibTeX entry:

   author = {Eric A. Brewer},
   title = {Lessons from Giant-Scale Services},
   journal = {IEEE Internet Computing},
   month = jul,
   year = {2001}

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