Web Application Hosting Best Practices

Highly available and scalable web applications are easily configurable in the CenturyLink Cloud. Powerful features provide a scalable, secure, and flexible infrastructure platform that is essential for meeting the demanding needs of the enterprise. CenturyLink Cloud allows for automatic scale up and scale down policies that maximize web application performance and reduces cost and complexity.

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Best Practices

Geo-Load Balancing

Geo-Load Balancing is available with the CenturyLink Cloud managed DNS service. Users reach your web applications reliably and quickly, regardless of physical location. Administrators can direct traffic based on several scenarios including user geography and available capacity.

Build for High Availability

Incoming HTTP as well as other configured protocols are handled by either shared or dedicated load balancers. Shared load balancers are easily configurable via the CenturyLink Cloud platform management tool allowing setup in minutes. Completely customizable configurations are available with dedicated virtual load balancing product.

Scale As Needed

CenturyLink Cloud Autoscale is supported in Hyperscale and regular cloud servers. Autoscale policies allow an administrator to pre-configure automatic expansion to ensure peak performance during high usage, while minimizing cost during low usage. Centurylink Cloud supports Horizontal Autoscale (additional servers) and Vertical Autoscale (additional CPU/RAM). In addition, many modern operating systems allow hot-add for CPU/RAM.

Distribute Data

NoSQL databases were developed from the ground up to be distributed and support the ability to scale out. Advanced scaling features such as Autoscaling, distributed query support and integrated caching allow applications to perform at the speed of business. Cluster members can be added or removed without an impact to data availability. NoSQL databases are built to tolerate and recover from node failures.

Automate All The Things

Advanced management features such as scheduled tasks and monitoring and alerting, are available for Hyperscale servers as well. These powerful cloud management capabilities give administrators the ability to streamline multiple aspects of a server.

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