A Scalable Solution to Handling Unexpected Traffic Peaks - Web Application Hosting in the AWS Cloud: Best Practices

A Scalable Solution to Handling Unexpected Traffic Peaks

An even more dire consequence of the slow provisioning associated with a traditional hosting model is the inability to respond in time to unexpected traffic spikes. There are many stories about web applications going down because of an unexpected spike in traffic after the site is mentioned in the popular media. The same on-demand capability that helps web applications scale to match regular traffic spikes can also handle an unexpected load. New hosts can be launched and ready in a matter of minutes, and they can be taken offline just as quickly when traffic returns to normal.