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Too Much of a Good Thing: How to Scale Up Without Serious Downtime

Posted by The Zooka Team on December 07, 2018


Every organization wants to be successful, but when too many users login to the system at the same time, admins can feel like they sent out a wave of party invites expecting a fair share of no-shows, only to have everyone on the list arrive with a guest in tow. When concurrent usage starts to take a toll on your system, it can be painfully obvious for both administrators and end users.

Overloading a single server means longer response times, frequent service degradation, and occasional outages. Fortunately, the solution isn’t to kick party guests out or have them wait awkwardly at the door. Why commit such atrocious party fouls when you can expand your floorspace at the height of the excitement, then shrink it back as soon as everyone goes home?


Growth is good, but managed growth is even better!

While even the best admins can’t accurately estimate the exact tipping point, as Jira Software use grows on a single server, sooner or later concurrent usage becomes a problem. This is where the Atlassian Data Center comes in.

Allocating additional resources to existing nodes allows for the instant reaction to (and circumvention of) resource bottlenecks. Instead of having to adjust the settings for a single server under stress, admins using the Atlassian Data Center can scale out — AKA horizontal scaling — thus instantly extending the overall resource capacity without causing user downtime. Since horizontal scaling results in no impact to performance, users are completely unaware of what’s going on behind the scenes. Administrators also get their lives back — or at least get to put a moratorium on sleepless nights.


The bottom line

Downtime isn’t just frustrating for users, it’s incredibly expensive for organizations. In fact, a single hour of downtime can cost an organization thousands of dollars. A Data Center license, however, doesn’t limit or specify the number of nodes an organization can have. This, along with the ability to grow and shrink cluster size, keeps costs predictable.

Since effective organizations need bottom lines instead of black boxes, predictability isn’t just fundamental, it is key. That said, it’s important to keep in mind that when Jira instances are consolidated, an admin is putting all of their eggs in one basket, making it even more essential that the system run properly. This is why consolidating onto the Data Center is crucial when it’s time to scale. It gives an organization all the governance, security, and resiliency required.

If your organization is in party-mode and you don’t want to leave a string of guests waiting impatiently at your door, now is the time to migrate the Atlassian Data Center, an easy and effective way to get everyone in and keep the music thumping.


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