Flex Up or Down—Pay Only for the Capacity You Need

Imagine the following scenario. You’re in your car on a long drive and you start to feel thirsty—even a bit dehydrated. So, you pull off the highway and into a convenience store to buy a 12-oz. bottle of water. But as you peruse the store’s shelves, you realize that it doesn’t keep anything smaller than 128-oz. jugs in stock. So you are faced with a choice: stay thirsty or pay for more water than you could consume in three days.

That may seem like a silly scenario but, in fact, it is analogous to a common pain point many e-commerce sites face frequently. When online businesses hold flash sales or hit a peak holiday season, they typically need to increase server capacity to handle the greater volume of site traffic. For years, the only way to add that capacity was to buy more of it from a third-party host or deploy servers on-premises.

While that solution solved the problem of ensuring optimal site performance during traffic spikes and peak seasons, it also meant that the business was forced to continue paying for that capacity when the need for it diminished. In other words, they were dragging 128-oz. jugs of water to their cars when all they needed was a small bottle to quench a momentary thirst.

ClustrixDB, however, is a cloud database specifically designed for e-commerce businesses that allows these sites to increase capacity in near real time when traffic demands and then scale back down to avoid paying for resources they are not using. ClustrixDB 7.0 has streamlined this “flex” feature even further than previous iterations, making the process faster and simpler than ever. ClustrixDB 7.0 allows you to flex up by adding servers and instances to the cluster and spreading the data load across the cluster automatically. Flexing down is just as easy—ClustrixDB 7.0 removes the servers and rebalances the data.

If you are a site expert tasked with maintaining performance for your company’s website during traffic increases, check out this in-depth look at how ClustrixDB 7.0’s flex feature works.


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