Horizontal Scaling

The process of adding more machines to a network or server pool to manage increased load.

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What is Horizontal Scaling in cloud computing?

Horizontal Scaling, also known as scaling out, is a method of adding more machines or nodes to a system to increase capacity. In cloud computing, this means adding more instances to handle increased load, which can often be done automatically using auto-scaling features.

  • Horizontal scaling allows for increased capacity by adding more machines or nodes to the system.
  • It provides a way to improve performance and handle increased load without upgrading the hardware of individual nodes.

How does Horizontal Scaling work?

Horizontal Scaling works by distributing the load evenly across multiple servers, reducing the strain on any single server and increasing the redundancy and availability of the application.

  • In a horizontally scaled system, a load balancer is typically used to distribute network traffic to multiple servers.
  • This approach allows for increased capacity and reliability, as even if one server fails, the system can continue to operate using the remaining servers.

Horizontal Scaling Example

An online retailer experiences a significant increase in traffic during a holiday sale. To handle the increased load, the retailer uses horizontal scaling to add more servers to its e-commerce platform. This allows the platform to handle the increased traffic, ensuring a smooth shopping experience for customers, even during peak times.

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