Scaling for the Holidays – A Four Part Series

Filed in by Angela Bartels | October 17, 2011 9:24 am

Businesses come to the Cloud[1] with a variety of workloads including hosting rich media sites[2], corporate websites[3], ecommerce sites[4] or test and development environments[5]. With these workloads, businesses have a variety of challenges like how to best migrate data to the Cloud, how to optimize their applications for our cloud platform, or how to marry a dedicated hosting environment with a cloud environment, what we call a hybrid environment[6]. (Check out this fun infographic[7] that explains this hybrid hosting).

One of the most common requests, especially during the holiday season, is the need for on-demand availability for unpredictable traffic. Businesses want to know how they can best prepare their web application and environments for scaling traffic – something you you might be tasked with figuring out.

In this four-part blog series, we’ll cover important topics that will help you with preparing your site to scale for the holiday rush, or any other unpredictable traffic turns.

Topics to be covered: (UPDATE: This topics have occurred. Please click on the following topics to view the article.)

Vertical or Horizontal Scaling[8]: Overview of the differences and with strategies to address both. (Monday 10/17)
Caching In:[9] How to take advantage of caching to improve performance. (Monday 10/24)
Web Server Tuning[10]: Advice on getting the most out of your web servers. (Monday 10/31)
Load Balancing[11]: Building an HA environment with Cloud Load Balancers takes minutes. (Monday 11/7)

Tune in the next four Mondays to read more about these topics.

 

Endnotes:
  1. Cloud: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/
  2. rich media sites: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/webinar_richmedia_cloud
  3. corporate websites: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/webinar_corporate_cloud
  4. ecommerce sites: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/webinar_ecommerce_cloud
  5. test and development environments: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/webinar_testdev
  6. hybrid environment: http://www.rackspace.com/hosting_solutions/hybrid_hosting/
  7. fun infographic: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/blog/2011/08/09/infographic-understanding-hybrid-cloud-computing/
  8. Vertical or Horizontal Scaling: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/blog/2011/10/17/scaling-for-the-holidays-part-1-to-scale-vertically-or-horizontally
  9. Caching In:: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/blog/2011/10/24/scaling-for-the-holiday-series-part-2-take-advantage-of-caching
  10. Web Server Tuning: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/blog/2011/10/31/holiday-scaling-web-server-tuning
  11. Load Balancing: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/blog/2011/11/07/scaling-for-the-holidays-part-4-load-balancers/

Source URL: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/scaling-for-the-holidays-a-four-part-series/