application reliability

Your app is performing well, so you’re probably thinking your application is reliable, but this is not the case! Why may you ask? Let me paint a picture for you, think of a high-performance race car, they are speedy, but they are not reliable. They break down and catch fire while spinning around the track. This is why racecar drivers always bring backup cars because it’s likely that something will go wrong.

A race car is very similar to application reliability.

When you think of how a racecar works, data is constantly being sent to the pit crew. The crew watches the data and adjusts the car while it is driving. This is exactly what a DevOps team does; however, adjusting the car’s reliability in motion can be catastrophic. DevOps teams are similar to race car pit crews in the sense that they constantly monitor metrics and adjust application parameters. Like the race car, a misstep in the application tuning process can lead to failure.

Isn’t performance and application reliability the same thing?

When you think of your app, remember the analogy of a car. When it comes to performance and reliability as features in your application, only focusing on one will lead to a poor customer experience. Without both, customers cannot enjoy using a fast but unreliable app – just like they would not want to drive a quick but unreliable vehicle!

Achieving reliability is a very precise balance. 

The app world is not easy. You need to focus on the application error rate, keeping both your errors and retry levels low; you also have a narrow window where that’s possible. An overperforming but unreliable app isn’t what you want either because it will lead to failures and high abandonment rates –you, therefore, require a balance between efficiency and reliability.

To create the best customer experience with your applications, you want to get as many transactions done at a low error rate and lowest latency. However, this requires constant monitoring of processes, readjusting them if necessary; it takes strenuous human effort.

Opsani can give you both. We can optimize your application for performance throughput while maintaining the desired reliability. When performance starts to impact reliability Opsani will identify this and bring the settings within the highest threshold to function at the highest performance and best reliability. This is all done with the power of AI; this means we do this autonomously with no human intervention. For more Opsani updates, read our last blog, Rushing Back to the Office or Do You Prefer Remote Work?