Tips For Scaling Applications

The BTC Team

Application scalability focuses on increasing opportunities for your application to serve more users and expand your app’s potential to grow over time. For instance, what if you could scale your app to support increases in user and transaction volume? Or scale it to handle more requests per minute? In this blog, we focus on tips you can use to scale your applications. Keep reading below to learn more!

What Is App Scalability & What Are The Benefits?

As mentioned above, app scalability is your app’s function to support an increasing number of users and transaction volume. For an app to be genuinely scalable, it should be capable of the following:

Support a high number of users (including several thousand at the same time) at acceptable response levels

Operate at an efficient operational capacity even at very high transaction loads

Adapt seamlessly to usage growth and changes in infrastructure configurations done to support a higher volume

You can take several steps to improve the scalability of your application to meet the above objectives.

Identify any server-level capacity contention with computing or storage resources and fix them. For example, suppose you have a web app that is performing poorly. In that case, it could be because the application or web server does not have adequate memory to support higher transaction volume, or there is a memory leakage that is causing the server to run out of available memory. Once you identify what contention issues are affecting your app, you can implement the fix by either adding resource capacity or fixing the application so it uses the available resources optimally.

Another way to scale your application is to optimize your database performance by identifying and optimizing long-running queries that consume significant resources. Other best practices suggested are to enable auditing and periodically review the performance of all commonly run queries, avoid N+1 queries as much as possible, ensure standard naming practices are followed, as it will make it easier to comment and debug the queries.

It’s also essential to have the proper infrastructure design and configuration for your application hosting. When possible, you should enable auto-scaling, which automatically adjusts the capacity to maintain steady, predictable performance for your app. If the application design can support load balancing on the infrastructure, that is another suggested approach to avoid resource contention and failure issues.

Once you implement these practices and scale your application, you can experience benefits such as having a highly-customizable infrastructure, more potential for growth, a higher ROI, and a positive user experience.

So, How Can BTC Play A Role In This Process?

By working with Boston Technology Corporation, you can streamline this process by using their knowledge and experience to analyze your apps to determine what areas can be improved to reach your goals. To see how BTC can guide you through this process and incorporate these app scaling tips, click here.


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