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Complete Control with Compute Engine
As engineers, we love having complete control over the things we develop. And when it comes to websites, sometimes we need more control than what managed services offer. That’s where Compute Engine comes in.
With Compute Engine, you can have the power and control you need for your web applications. But before we dive into the details, let’s talk about the importance of planning.
Planning for Resilient and Scalable Web Applications
A well-designed web application should be able to scale seamlessly as demand increases and decreases. It should also be able to withstand the loss of one or more compute resources. To achieve this, careful planning is required.
Building Your Web Application
When a user requests your website in the browser, their request is routed to your DNS provider. Google DNS, for example, is a highly-available domain name service that can handle this traffic. If you use your own DNS provider, the traffic will be routed there first before reaching Google Cloud.
Static content used by the web application is stored on Google Cloud Storage, a highly durable storage infrastructure. Cloud Load Balancer handles the HTTP requests and distributes the incoming application traffic among multiple Compute Engine instances.
Deploying and Scaling with Instance Templates
Deployment and scaling are done automatically and seamlessly using instance templates. An instance template is a customized configuration of Google Compute Engine instances that allows for easy reuse of instance configuration through managed instance groups.
Storing Application Data
To store application data, you can use a database like Cloud SQL. Cloud SQL is a fully-managed database service that simplifies the set up, maintenance, and administration of your relational data in the cloud.
Handling Traffic Peaks
As your website becomes more popular and the traffic grows, it’s important to ensure that your application can handle peaks and dips in traffic. One way to increase capacity is to scale vertically by adding more CPUs and memory to the same instance.
Horizontal scaling, on the other hand, is a better option for high-availability applications. It allows you to dynamically scale the number of compute resources as the demand increases. This means that your application’s resources can increase or decrease based on the demand.
Get Cooking in Cloud
Today, we learned how to deploy a web application on Google Cloud using Compute Engine. By leveraging the power and control of Compute Engine, you can create highly scalable and resilient web applications.
Stay tuned for our next article, where we will share the recipe to scale your Compute Engine applications to millions of users. And don’t forget to like and subscribe to our channel for more helpful content.