HOW WE NAIL HIGH-LOAD PROJECT DELIVERY

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Published :2021-09-07 | Blog
HOW WE NAIL HIGH-LOAD PROJECT DELIVERY

What is a light load, and why does it matter? The article tells about our approaches to high-load projects and architecture optimization.

The intellection of high load systems came to life almost a decade ago. But, despite this fact, not many people understand what this is, or why it is essential. Read on to grasp the ABCs of high load systems and their significance to project development. Also included is The App Solution's approach to this development system. So, let's jump right in. 

Remember Black Fridays? You may have noticed how some retail websites falter on this day. Usually, pages take longer to load, and it's hard to complete transactions. This is caused by high traffic, i.e., the large number of users accessing platforms at once. Customers end up abandoning whatever services are being provided. To prevent this from happening, platforms should be built using a high-load architecture.

Developing a project with a high load architecture

It is recommended for startups to develop apps with a scalable architecture. Put more simply; they must build apps that can grow together with their businesses. This helps to prevent maintenance problems that could arise at later stages. A project that comes with scalable architecture from the Minimal Viable Product (MVP) stage is likely to be more profitable and provide a better user experience. 

The App Solutions: High load application development

The App Solutions has applied itself in the development of numerous high load applications. If you are interested in developing social apps, e-commerce solutions, gaming apps, consulting services apps, etc., The App Solutions is the go-to developer. 

Let's talk about the means through which The App solutions create high-performance & large-scale web apps.

The App Solutions approach to the development of high-performance, high load applications

High-load applications need a disparate development approach compared to general software. The App Solutions understands this, which is why it devotes a lot of time to creating the design & optimizing the architecture of any high-load project. The final product performance is usually reliable: it can sustain the pressure of tens of thousands of requests in a second.

High load systems (The basics)

What is a high load project?

A high load project is a project that's built with a scalable design. Its framework allows more users to join and more features to be added as the business grows. If you are running a project, for example, a marketing campaign, it should be easy to increase the number of users and integrate new features. 

What is a high load, and when to consider developing a high load system for your project?

A high load occurs when servers struggle to process user data efficiently. To quantify this, high loads happen when servers have to process significantly more requests above their normal threshold. For instance, when a server designed to handle only 5000 requests is suddenly getting over 10,000 requests from thousands of users at once. This may be the only explanation that's close to home. A lot of other factors other than the request rate do apply.

Most successful companies develop high-load systems for their projects right from the beginning. Architecture in software development is the foundation. A project's success depends on it. 

Please note: before commencing the development project, it's necessary to identify the project load status.

Why a high-load system is vital

Most business owners do not quickly understand the essence of developing a high-load system. When running projects, their priority is saving money; they are not keen on spending real money on functionalities without direct returns.

As previously mentioned, the foundation of any web application project is its architecture. You need to build an application with a strong foundation. A high load system enables the app to meet basic requirements that are within the fault tolerance. You can read more information online to get a full understanding.

Outsourcing high load system development

Outsourcing your high-load system development may be the most logical move. It is a better case than running an in-house project. One of the major things that will cripple your development is the cost of resources. When you outsource, you can get a high-performing application within a reasonable budget.

Additionally, when you outsource, you are assisted with a development strategy. The App Solutions team is well-informed about the problems of scaling a project. The company will design a carefully articulated development strategy beforehand.

Five Benefits of a custom high load system

Large audience. Most online web applications attract thousands to hundreds of thousands of users. High-load systems will allow them to handle those numbers easily. They can process a colossal number of requests per second.

Quick recovery from system failures. High-load applications have bigger fault tolerance. This is because they rely on a large and distributed system. For example, if some servers fail, the system can quickly get back online through other servers.

Positive dynamics. A custom high load system effectively builds an audience. If what the platform offers is appreciated, a real audience will sprout in no time.

End-user convenience. The last thing that users need is a slow and pathetic system. High-load apps allow users to enjoy a smoother experience. They can get immediate responses when they search for things.

Fully equipped with resources. High-load systems provide quick responses due to the availability of resources. Systems can read and process data quickly because they have enough disk space, RAM, CPU, etc.

High-load functionality for mobile apps

Most mobile applications depend on back-end infrastructure for their success. They are coded using programming languages and may only depend on fundamental architecture solutions and best practices. To perform better, they need to have high load capabilities. They cannot manage high user requests and provide high data processing rates without a high load system.

Impact of high load on your app performance

The poor management of data can cause inefficiencies in the system. On the level of users, they will experience errors, slowness, etc. On the level of business, you can start to have financial issues.

It is necessary to develop a mobile app that can manage a greater number of requests per second. This will minimize all sorts of problems that arise after the project development process. 

You should also note that the total number of users an app attracts may vary. Thus, each app should be assayed exclusively to identify its load status.

Understanding load balancing

In simple terms, load balancing can be described as a systematic distribution of traffic from an app to various servers. A load balancer, therefore, is found between front-end devices and back-end servers. In cloud computing, load balancing involves the distribution of work to several computing resources. It is necessary to understand how these technologies work. The concepts are not complex.

Load balancing (including cloud computing load balancing) ensures that work is effectively distributed. The technologies offer redundancy, thus, regulating increasing network or traffic loads. For instance, data can be acquired from a server that's overwhelmed to be redistributed to other available servers. This significantly improves the efficiency of a system.

What are common issues caused by high loads? 

Here are a number of common issues for users:

  • Delayed response of the application

  • Failure to succeed a customer request

  • Crashing, etc.

The technical team is also likely to encounter several problems. Below are a number of challenges that arise for the engineering team and the solution. 

  • An Increase in time out errors

  • High RAM & CPU usage

  • I/O problems

  • Aborted transaction errors

  • Plenty of timeouts on databases

Indications that your project does not have high-load architecture

You will know if your project does not have high load architecture through the following indications:

  • Persistent system crashes

  • Loss of internet connection

  • Slow speed of response

  • Lower activities on end-users

  • Pop-ups of random errors

  • Incomplete loading of content, etc.

Each problem above is the result of poor project architecture. No one wins customers, project owners, or engineers. For this reason, consider building a project with a high speed of performance; one that can manage high loads from the MVP. To come up with web applications that can be scaled, you should comprehend the basis of how high-performance programs are developed.

The perks of high load systems for your business

Developing high-load systems is beneficial for all businesses. Systems optimization of the apps will be easy, and the business can handle huge user traffic levels. More traffic means more revenue. However, if the project didn't use a (scalable) high-load system, the server-side systems will become overloaded. When server-side systems are overwhelmed, this will result in a crash, and multiple problems will escalate.

The App Solutions Example

The App Solutions has worked on a number of high-load system projects. One worth mentioning is the Powered by YADA project, which is an event management software. 

 

 

The architecture was initially developed to handle a number of up to 10,000 active users simultaneously. The App Solutions managed to scale up the project's architecture to manage over 100,000 users simultaneously.

Some businesses need high-load applications to run. Without them, they cannot operate. On the other hand, some use high-load architecture to allow for the possibility of scaling up when demand grows.

Whatever the case may be, it's imperative to build powerful software that already handles a huge influx of user requests. Programming a project without a scalable architecture will only attract trouble. You will waste a lot of time, money, and energy trying to maintain it. As if that's not enough, you could lose your valuable clients. Over 90% of a project's success is pre-determined by its architecture. Develop a scalable server architecture from the start to ensure high odds of success.

The App Solutions development approach for existing and new projects with high loads

The Apps Solutions guarantees the production of scalable and high-performance apps in the following ways.

Firstly, the engineer behind the optimization of the high load system project must:

  • Identify possible obstacles

  • Look into the solution's scalability

  • Look into the redundancy of the solution

  • Give full attention to issues concerning infrastructure & data metrics

What are redundancy, scalability, and monitoring?

Redundancy

This is the cloning of essential elements of a system. It's normally done to improve reliability. For example, a company can redistribute its solution to more servers if it expects a surge in load. This is done even if one server is still managing all traffic.

Scalability

Scalability can be either vertical or horizontal. While the vertical approach makes more resources (hardware/ software) available, horizontal scaling allows more connections to be made, e.g., from one data processing center to another. It is used to form redundancy and to build a scalable system effectively. Vertical scaling comes with some restraints. It can be hindered by the availability of resources.

Monitoring

This involves compiling and assaying a variety of metrics from software and physical instances. Reporting infrastructure problems is also the role of monitoring. This helps experts to know when a metric rises above crucial levels.

 

Conclusion

It's not complicated to develop an app that spreads across servers to accommodate growing traffic. For a high load architecture, you only need:

  • A decent network for content dispatch

  • High redundancy, etc.

The only thing to carefully consider is cost.

If your web application attracts over 100,000 active users on a single server, what resource do you need to add a 30% extra load? Would you add another server?

Well, sometimes adding servers sounds illogical. The best decision is to take a step back. Analyze which component of the system causes limitations. Could it be the database? 

If you notice that the fault comes from the database, find a scalable database prior to developing the product. Alternatively, you can utilize multiple databases. The ability to spot, define and resolve a performance problem ahead of time saves you from unnecessary future costs. It helps to ensure that your project will easily handle a high load.

The App Solutions team is fully equipped and has enough experts to provide quality, high-load web applications. 



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