Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Load balancing with coreos, confd and nginx

I’ve been doing a lot of experiments with load balancing scalable web services recently. The systems I’ve been developing have been shaped by the ideals of the 12 factor app and the realities of using docker. For a production system I’m looking for something with the following qualities

  • as simple as possible – really that just means the smallest number of moving parts, and parts that are easy to understand and troubleshoot 
  • easy to add/subtract nodes to meet capacity 
  • provider-agnostic – I could do some of these things with AWS, but I’d like to have more control over the costs as well as being able to deploy anywhere – in particular, I find it very useful to be able to model a system locally
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