Susan Potter

Dynamically scaling a political news and activism hub (up to 5x the traffic in 20 minutes)

Fri April 4, 2019

C-U Cloud Meetup / April 26, 2019 - Champaign, IL


  • AWS

  • Auto Scaling

  • EC2

  • Infrastructure


On any given day we can receive traffic peaks up to five times our base traffic, sometimes requiring us to scale out to double our backend app server capacity within a 10-20 minutes window (sometimes at unpredictable times). In this talk, Susan Potter will discuss our use of autoscaling in EC2 from the essential components to some gotchas learned along the way.