Basic Library Booklist

Frequently people ask me about what books they should read in order to get a grip on capacity planning.

While this list is far from complete I believe that anyone that reads and understand the concepts presented in these books will be able to start doing capacity planning.

If you want a truly hands-on approach and most of your environment is running on Linux, I deeply recommend “The Art of Capacity Planning” by John Allspaw.

It’s a pretty well written and easy to read book that will make you jumpstart into the capacity planning world.

My currently preferred book on this subject is “Guerrilla Capacity Planning” by Neil J. Gunther. This is a must read for anyone that is serious about modern Capacity Planning.

Another reference book on this subject is “Capacity Planning for Web Performance“, by Daniel A. MenascĂ© and Virgilio A. F. Almeida.

Last but not least, I recommend another book by Neil J. Gunther, “Analyzing Computer System Performance with Perl::PDQ“. There’s a whole chapter about the Linux Load Average and processing queues that changed the way I dealt with Linux performance data.