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Prepping For A High Traffic Event: Make Sure You Aren’t Limited

You’ve worked hard on your application and are gearing up for a major event. You’ve heard me talk about the power of the cloud API, and have incorporated it into your app to control cloud infrastructure, in particular to scale up your configuration in a short amount of time. But before the big day comes, there is one important point to remember as you plan for a high traffic event.

In some instances you might need to scale your configuration extremely large, exceeding your wildest dreams. While the cloud can facilitate this growth, sometimes developers could begin to see build failures or receive errors as they try to grow so dramatically. It’s possible that they hit an API limit.

What’s an API limit? One of our jobs at Rackspace is to ensure that all of our customers are protected in a shared environment. This means that all customers have the right performance and stability to host their sites and applications. To help do this, we want to make sure that we don’t have too many customers dramatically scaling up to a very large configuration at any given point in time. This API limit helps us do this.

Any time you plan to have a large event, always call your Fanatical Support Team to let them know about it. They can then make allowances for what your API limit should be set to in order to supply you with all of the requisite resources that you need to drive your application. Furthermore, they have tons of cloud experience and can also give you some other advice to make sure that this event goes flawlessly.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Joseph Palumbo.

As a founding member of Rackspace's Managed Cloud Support Team, Joseph spends half of his time teaching customers about the Cloud and the other half learning about the Cloud from them. When he's not in meetings, he can be found presiding over cultural happenings around the Rackspace office, discussing support innovation with other 'Fanatics' and wishing paper documents had a built-in search function.


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