The Scalability Pyramid

The Scalability Pyramid

When building a software infrastructure, it’s important to consider how your code will scale. You want to make sure that your infrastructure can handle large amounts of traffic and data, and that it is built with the right tools for the job.

The Level of Service

When you’re looking at a system’s scalability, the first thing to consider is how many users it can support. This is called “the level of service,” and it’s not the same as performance or security–though those things are important too!

The level of service is an important metric because it directly affects how many people can use your site at once: if too many people try to access your site at once, then some users will get errors or have trouble accessing content (it’s called “denial of service”).


Security is a priority.

It’s not just about technical issues, but also people and process.

Security means different things to different people. For example:

  • Software engineers may focus on implementing secure programming practices (e.g., avoiding buffer overruns).
  • System administrators may focus on the physical infrastructure of your network and servers (e.g., locking down firewalls).
  • Product managers might think about how you can build in security features into your product that make it easier for users who aren’t experts at using encryption tools like PGP email clients or Tor browser extensions for their daily web browsing needs


Performance is about the speed with which your application responds to requests, processes a request and consumes resources.

In the context of this article, performance refers to how fast an application can handle incoming requests. The most common metric used to evaluate performance is response time: how long it takes for a single user action (e.g., clicking a button) to complete its work cycle and return control back to you so that you can continue working on other tasks or move on to another page in your app.

It should be noted that there are many factors affecting response times: some are under your control while others aren’t; some affect only specific user groups while others affect everyone equally; some take place inside code while others happen outside it–and so on! However, regardless of where these factors lie within our architecture stack (i.e., whether they’re within our control), we still need tools for measuring them so we know whether our efforts towards improving scalability have been successful or not–and why not try using something simple like Apache Benchmark (ab)?


Cost is a significant factor in choosing the right technology, but it’s not always the most important one. It can, however, be a barrier to entry for many companies and an obstacle to scaling.

If you’re working with limited resources and need to choose between multiple technologies that offer similar benefits but different costs, then cost should be your primary concern. If you have more time or money at your disposal than others do (or if scalability isn’t as important), then it would make sense for you to prioritize other factors such as ease-of-use or performance over cost savings when making decisions about which technology(ies) will work best for your company

Scaling with Microservices

Microservices are a way of scaling your application. They’re small, independent services that can be scaled independently. Microservices can be built in different languages and on different platforms, but they should be independently deployable.

This is important because it means you can scale each microservice individually, as needed. If one part of your application needs more resources than another part does at any given moment, you can scale up just that part without having to make changes across all parts of the system (and risk breaking something). You’ll also save money by not having to buy hardware or software licenses for all parts at once–a benefit especially useful when starting out as an early stage startup!

Static Website Scaling

Static websites are a great way to get started with web development. They’re easy to build and maintain, but they can be tricky to scale. If you want your static website to grow in popularity, it’s important that you understand how content delivery works for both static and dynamic sites.

Static sites are made up of HTML pages that reference each other using relative links (e.g., About). This means that there is no database involved; all of the information is stored directly on the server where your site lives! Dynamic sites work differently because they use databases like MySQL or MongoDB to store data about each user’s preferences over time so they don’t have to query every single page request individually every time someone visits their site–this leads us into our next section…

Make sure that your infrastructure and code match your needs.

You know your code and infrastructure needs better than anyone else. It’s up to you to make sure they match.

  • If they don’t match, make changes so they do. You can always change your code, but it’s harder to change your infrastructure.

In our experience, it’s important to think about your scaling needs before you start building your product. You should also consider how it will scale as your user base grows. You don’t want to be stuck with a system that is too slow or expensive when it comes time to add more users or bandwidth!