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The 3 Key Dimensions of Software Scalability

As the holiday season approaches, many of you must be gearing up to meet the anticipated demand spike and capture a piece of the online spend. While your marketing, sales, and fulfilment operations are ready to meet this increased demand, what about software and supporting technology infrastructure? In a hyper-competitive environment where growth is of paramount importance, it is an essential business need to have systems (including core software applications, supporting technology infrastructure, and processes) that are flexible, elastic, and truly scalable.

How do you define scalability?

Software scalability was traditionally viewed as a system’s ability to scale-up and manage varying loads dynamically and to deliver a consistent user/customer experience. This scale-up view is predominantly focused on system capacity, bandwidth, and resources. Thanks to increasing adoption of cloud, it has become relatively easier to tap into flexible, on-demand infrastructure and resources.

But, this scale-up view only addresses one dimension – scalability of performance, which has inherent limitations, as performance does not scale linearly. Until unless a system and its individual components are architected and designed to leverage resources independently, you will not achieve true scalability.

As my colleague Seshu explains in the next section, to design truly scalable systems, it is essential to understand the multiple dimensions of software scalability, namely scalable infrastructure, scalable architecture, and scalable process.

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Key Attributes of Scalable Software

Scalability is the characteristic feature of a software that is defined by multiple dimensions & attributes. Very often performance and scalability are terms that are used interchangeably, even though they denote distinct features of the system, which are independently important to deliver high-performance. Performance usually addresses aspects of efficiency and optimal utilization of system infrastructure & resources. On the other hand, scalability deals with multiple aspects of the software including architecture and process to handle growth and continue to deliver high-performance. Scalability of any software is dependent upon three key dimensions, namely: Infrastructure, Architecture, and Process. I will try to provide a broad overview of each dimension to help you better understand software scalability. scalability image 01 Copy 450x327 1 Scalable Infrastructure  Scalable and high-performance applications must have critical capabilities to enable:
  • Dynamic provisioning of resources
  • Load balancing
  • Fault tolerance, failure protection
  • Managed security
  • API management

These features will ensure that the system makes efficient & optimal use of computing, storage, and communications infrastructure and resources.

Scalable Architecture When you are building a structure, the best quality steel & cement are not going to make it strong enough to handle additional load and prevent structural failure, if its inherent architecture & design doesn’t support handling additional loads and stress. A flexible, robust, scalable architecture is essential to overcome limitations of linear performance scalability and make an application truly scalable. Scalable applications and systems must be designed by leveraging the following architectural principles and strategies:

  • Loosely coupled components
  • Asynchronous communication
  • Stateless systems
  • APIs, distributed and microservice architectures
  • Event-driven
  • Containerization
  • No single point of failure and graceful handling of failover & recovery

Scalable Process
While a robust architecture along with elastic infrastructure and resources are key components, a scalable process is also a mission-critical need for application scalability. The following are essential practices that will enable businesses to build organizations and workflows to deliver process scalability:

  • Agile development practices
  • DevOps and CI/CD
  • Continuous monitoring and managed service administration
  • Provisioning and managing elastic cloud infrastructure
  • Automated development, test, deploy, and monitor pipelines

When all these dimensions are addressed appropriately, businesses will benefit from truly scalable software systems, and will be capable of leveraging opportunities for growth and business expansion.

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Celebrating Navratri and Dusshera: The Indian festival of Dusshera was celebrated by the entire coMakeIT family with lots of fun activities. Employees were encouraged to dress up in different colors for each day of Navratri (9 days). The office looked colorful and literally was like a mini-India, with people from different states of India, donning their respective regional attire.

Navratri and Dusshera

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Rustic Escape