[thelist] Re: thelist digest, Vol 1 #2696 - 42 msgs

rabbit at poorrabbit.com rabbit at poorrabbit.com
Tue Oct 22 23:11:01 CDT 2002

On thing I've always felt to be an important part of scalability:

Efficiency. Throwing more hardware at the problem is ALWAYS a
solution, but the question is: even with more hardware will the
application perform well with heavy usage? A poorly designed
(for example) database will eventually crumble if it gets big
enough regardless of how much hardware you throw at it, even
though it may perform admirably in a light-use environment.

Does the performance of the application stay the same at a larger
scale? If you add more users and more hardware (to match) will
the performance be the same? Or will it degrade as the size of
database grows such that *all* queries are slow?

On Tue, 22 Oct 2002 thelist-request at lists.evolt.org wrote:

> Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 21:45:26 -0400
> To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
> From: Frank <framar at interlog.com>
> Subject: [thelist] What is "scalability"?
> Reply-To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
> My business partner asked me an interesting question:
> "What does 'scalable' mean?

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