The Secret to Building Highly Available Systems

NFJS, the Magazine - July 2010

During the summer of 2008 more than 200 flights were delayed or canceled at the Dublin airport due to a shutdown in the Dublin air traffic control radar system. In 2009, a shutdown in the FAA’s automated flight planning and communication system caused significant flight delays and cancellations across the country. In 2006 almost 200 flights were canceled at the Seattle Tacoma International Airport due to power outages and system failures in the Terminal Approach Radar system. Real-life situations such as these can place people in significant danger simply because critical systems were not available when they were needed the most.

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About Mark Richards

Mark Richards

Independent Software Architect, Author of Software Architecture Fundamentals

Mark Richards is an experienced, hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems. He has been in the software industry since 1983 and has significant experience and expertise in application, integration, and enterprise architecture. Mark is the founder of, a website devoted to helping developers in the journey to software architect. He is the author of numerous technical books and videos, including several books on Microservices (O'Reilly), the Software Architecture Fundamentals video series (O’Reilly), Enterprise Messaging video series (O’Reilly), Java Message Service, 2nd Edition (O’Reilly), and a contributing author to 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know (O’Reilly). Mark has a master’s degree in computer science and numerous architect and developer certifications from IBM, Sun, The Open Group, and Oracle. He is a regular conference speaker at the No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) Symposium Series and has spoken at hundreds of conferences and user groups around the world on a variety of enterprise-related technical topics.

NFJS, the Magazine - July 2010

NFJS the Magazine - July 2010

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