O'Reilly logo

Learning AWS by Amit Shah, Aurobindo Sarkar

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Designing for scale

Traditionally, designing for scale meant carefully sizing your infrastructure for peak usage, and then adding a factor to handle variability in load. At some point when you reach a certain threshold on CPU, memory, disk (capacity and throughput), or network bandwidth, you will repeat the exercise to handle increased loads and initiate a lengthy procurement and provisioning process. Depending on the application, this could mean a scale up (vertical scaling) with bigger machines or scale out (horizontal scaling) with more number of machines being deployed. Once deployed, the new capacity would be fixed (and run continuously) whether the additional capacity was being utilized fully or not.

In cloud applications, it is easy to scale ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required