About Lee Atchison

Cloud Strategist, Thought Leader, Industry Cloud Expert

Lee Atchison - Cloud Strategist, Thought Leader, Industry Cloud Expert

Lee Atchison is a recognized industry thought leader in cloud computing. He has committed his career to architecting and building high scale, cloud-based, service oriented, SaaS applications. He has a specific expertise in building highly available systems.

Lee is the author of the best selling book Architecting For Scale, published by O’Reilly Media. The book, originally released in 2016, recently went through a major upgrade and was released as the second edition in 2020.

Lee is a widely quoted thought leader in publications such as Diginomica, IT Brief, Programmable Web, CIO Review, and DZone. He has been a featured speaker at events across the globe from London to Sydney, Tokyo to Paris, and all over North America.

You can see some of Lee’s articles, publications, speaking sessions, webinars, podcasts, and other content on this website.

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Architecting for Scale

As web applications grow, two things begin to happen. They scale to handle significantly more complicated and hence brittle, and they handle significantly larger traffic volume requiring more novel and complicated mechanisms to handle this traffic. This can lead to a death spiral for an application that can lead to brownouts, blackouts, and other quality of service and availability problems.

This is Lee’s highly popular O’Reilly Media book, Architecting for Scale, Second Edition.

This book helps you avoid this death spiral by teaching you basic techniques for building applications that can reliably handle huge quantities of traffic, as well as huge variability in traffic without impacting the quality your customers expect.

The second edition of the book is now available! This edition has been updated for 2020. The information has been dramatically updated and reorganized, and new information has been added on cloud computing and serverless computing. I hope you enjoy!

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