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This isn't exactly what you want, but you might find both of the following books helpful.

With respect to using queues/messaging: http://www.enterpriseintegrationpatterns.com/

And with respect to understanding this stuff in general: http://dataintensive.net/




Not the parent, but the linked material is more foundational than the subject matter raised in the post. There is in fact an appreciable lack of good, battle-tested, non-secret, sometimes-but-not-necessarily anecdotal public info about the part of the design process where you have a working system doing fairly okay, but you know you're inches away from a very unpleasant wall. On fire [1].

It doesn't help that distributed systems are a dark art, that many open source and free-to-use tools that developers have access to gate the HA/clustering features behind steep pricing (though I sympathize it's one of the few effective ways to make money in open source), and that expertise with scaling is very often a competitive advantage.

[1] http://www.slideshare.net/iammutex/scaling-instagram/25-404i...


Totally fair. :) Parent just mentioned using queues/messaging effectively, and EIP is arguably the gold standard for that.




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