Scalability is highly important in any business application, and it is no different when talking about the sustainability and survival of your new app. Scalability basically means the ability of your app to continue to operate as efficiently as it ever has when it or its context is altered in either volume or size in order to satisfy user needs. Failure to master this concept has been the death knell of many technology products in the past, so how can you protect your app from this potential problem? Here’s how to ensure that your app can survive growth.
Limit Your Third-Party API Exposure
Don’t fall into the same trap that many apps have been falling into as of late. What these apps have been doing, essentially, is to utilize the Facebook Find a Friend API, and the outcome has not been beneficial from the standpoint of the apps! You should remember that, if you want to succeed with your own app, you should never be excessively dependent on any third-party’s API since the plug can be pulled on that external component quite quickly and abruptly. Further, you should limit your third-party exposure by doing things more in-house, which means you can be more independent.
Opt For Scalable Cloud Hosting
Scalable cloud hosting is a smart way to ensure your app can grow and survive any challenges pretty efficiently. This type of hosting is characterized by the presence of multiple servers all around the world! To wit, let’s say you have severs in the U.S.; you can directly connect to servers in, for instance, Australia. This is a much faster response time. This type of hosting is conducive to scaling because you can always upgrade to the quantity of space and bandwidth that you require. This is made practical by the fact that you’re not limited to just space on any one server. You have different choices, like Google and Amazon, for instance.
Put Your App Through Rigorous Stress Testing
Stress testing is conducive to making sure that your wonderful app can easily survive growth. Bot testing is a type of stress testing that is extremely precise and sensitive, making it the best type of stress test. Bot testing emulates what people are doing by running software sequences through your backend. The server side will be running software that apes what a real person would do if a person would use the app. Simultaneously, a huge number of bots would simulate this. This is not an exact science, but still gives a reasonably reliable idea of how stable your app is.
These are just some of the ways in which you can ensure that your lovely app can survive growth or scalability. This is what separates successful app developers from those who will never make it in the business. The worst thing possible would be to design a great app and then begin to market it, only for it to become unusable because more people started to download it, which caused it to overload. Implementing the above tips will prevent such a dire outcome.