Looking at the cut-throat competition in the market, no one can deny that the ability to scale in less time is of paramount importance when it comes to a tech product. Businesses in growing phase are often critical about the scale at which they operate. In such conditions it is pivotal that their tech products should support and scale hassle-free.
Here are the 3 things, you should consider for your product when scaling the business
Ability to withstand usage spikes.
When it comes to scaling, usage is the primary factor we should look at, not only in terms of number of users but also in terms of processing power. It’s quite obvious that when the usage proliferates exponentially, the underlying resources also needs to support the computing operations. This is where there is a need to understand what it would take to scale from an application & infrastructure standpoint.
When it comes to scaling in context of infrastructure, there are two ways to do this.
Vertical scaling involves increase in the current infrastructure configuration. for example increase in the memory or the computing cores for a server could be considered as vertical scaling.
Horizontal scaling involves increasing the number of infrastructure components like number of servers to balance the load. This usually involves sophisticated mechanisms like loadbalancer & auto scaling.
However, when it comes to horizontal scaling, the applications needs to be stateless in order to run on multiple servers / VM instances, the storages needs to be separated out along with the databases in order to maintain the data consistency
Ability to allow integration with other system.
Growth for some businesses could also come through partnerships & deals that requires collaborations, in such cases it is essential for the tech products to support third party to and fro integrations to the system.
REST or SOAP APIs
Now-a-days it is considered old school when the applications are built without APIs which allows the integrations with third party applications / products. The architecture which supports APIs are usually driven by microservices architectures where each block of functionality are considered as services.
Database should be highly available.
For a business having a tech product, making the database highly available may be one of the most crucial aspect as the crux of the tech products are usually the data that they acquire. How can one maintain the sacredness of the data while maintaining the durability of the database.
Making database highly available
While there are n number of cloud providers providing managed databases, one of the best practice to maintain the high availability of the database is to maintain a master slave replication architecture where there is always a standby database who may respond when the master goes down due to reasons beyond your control. This often involves master and slave database being in different geographical locations but in synchronisation reducing the probability of the failures.