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Best Practices: Blazing Fast Web Site Infrastructure

Measure Often, Cache Smart, And Collaborate With App Dev On Performance Tuning

August 15, 2008


Why Read This Report

With most enterprises now conducting business on the Web, it has become more crucial than ever that the experience is rich and responsive. Often these two goals conflict. How do you ensure a robust, interactive experience without sacrificing page-loading speed? How is it that some of your competitors are able to deliver dynamic content and rich Internet applications (RIAs) and still have sub-second load times? The answer comes in two parts: best practices for you (addressed in this report), and best practices for your application development colleagues (addressed in part two of this series). To optimize the infrastructure for blazing fast Web site response, follow these four best practices: 1) measure early and often; 2) cache smart and cache often; 3) architect for scale out; and 4) partner with application development professionals. These best practices are not just about infrastructure; they are also about jointly developing and executing your ongoing performance management strategy with the application development professionals rather than passing the problems back and forth with the requisite finger pointing.

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Table of Contents

  • Impatience Is Your No. 1 Competitor
  • Web Performance Best Demonstrated Practices
  • Best Practice No. 1: Measure Early And Often
  • Best Practice No. 2: Cache Smart And Cache Often
  • Best Practice No. 3: Architect For Scale Out
  • Best Practice No. 4: Partner With Application Development Professionals
  • Forrester's Web Performance Next Practices
  • Web Performance Optimization Never Stops, But The Infrastructure Might
  • Identifying Your Challenges
  • Case Studies
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents

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