DEV Community

loading...

Importance of Auto-scaling in web hosting

bsingh403
・3 min read

Scaling means keeping the behavior of an application the same even as the load (broadly, the requirement of more RAM, Bandwidth,CPU) increases.
For example, if you have an application hosted on a server which is connected to the internet, it will behave exceptionally well at small scales, like 5 or 10 users, but once you get 1,000 or 10,000 users, you'll run out of bandwidth or CPU or RAM and requests will start taking longer and longer to serve (or not serve at all). The behavior of your application has changed from "working great" to "sort of works but really slow" and eventually to "not working at all".

But that is not what any of us might want to experience, right? Instead, you want it to keep "working great" no matter how many users you have, and so the solution to such problems is termed as Scaling. Here, your resources like RAM, bandwidth, CPU, storage are automatically allocated if you have exhausted the already allocated resources.

Many hosting methods like Dedicated and VPS hosting provide users with the facility of manual scaling. The major disadvantage here is that the site may experience severe downtime while the resources are being manually scaled up.
At CloudJiffy, we provide our users with the premium facility of auto-scaling, which is the quickest and most reliable fix to the above-mentioned problem.

What is auto-scaling in cloud hosting?
It is a cloud hosting feature that permits your server to automatically scale its resources up or down depending on the traffic. As it does this automatically within predefined parameters, you do not have the hassle of doing it yourself every time.
By using auto-scaling, you will never notice any type of slowdown because your environment is operating automatically on an as-needed basis.

Why consider Auto-Scaling? How is it Beneficial?
First and foremost, your server will simply scale up or down to exactly what it needs at the time. It will also make your business far more agile and able to respond quickly to changes in traffic.

Consider a business like E-commerce or a social media website or any website with the uncertainty of traffic, Autoscaling can ensure you always have the required amount of resources for seamless performance of your business.

Let CloudJiffy help out!

CloudJiffy is a Container-As-A-Service that groups multiple containers into environments, providing unique features that make hosting a lot easier.
Here at CloudJiffy, we offer auto-scaling for your server as part of our services at a more advanced level which includes Vertical as well as Horizontal scaling (both fully automated).

Vertical Scaling-
Vertical scaling refers to adding more resources (CPU/RAM/DISK) to your server (database or application server still remains one) as on-demand. Automatic vertical scaling is made possible by CloudJiffy’s ability to dynamically change the number of resources allocated to the server (i.e., RAM and CPU) according to its current demands, with no manual intervention needed. This feature coupled with CloudJiffy’s ‘Pay-As-You-Consume’ pricing model assures you never overpay for unused resources and saves your time as it eliminates the necessity of handling the load-related adjustments.

All you need to do is decide the maximum scaling limit of resources you will utilize and CloudJiffy will automatically define the optimal amount of resources needed for your application or website, with real-time tracking of the incoming traffic.

Horizontal Scaling-
CloudJiffy’s automatic horizontal scaling involves adding more containers to your architecture. It involves expanding the number of nodes in the cluster, reducing the responsibilities of each member node by spreading the keyspace wider.
Although this does not alter the capacity of each individual node, the load is decreased due to the distribution between separate server nodes. Security is not at all compromised, user’s data is secure as it is being duplicated to each individual node.

Horizontal scalability is accomplished with the help of a distributed file system, clustering, and load – balancing.

Conclusion
To summarize, I would say that it is essential for businesses to identify what suits their business requirements and understand the differences between manual scaling and auto-scaling approaches, to see if their application goals fit the chosen model.

If you need to accomplish superior performance, CloudJiffy is the best way in, as you can make use of a flexible combination of vertical and horizontal scaling both in a single environment. Also it is a proven fact that auto-scalable models are comparatively better than traditional scaling models and are well known for their performances without any downtime.

To get 14 days of free trial of the autoscaling option on CloudJiffy click on- https://cloudjiffy.com/

Discussion (0)

Forem Open with the Forem app