Distributed Applications - Static vs. Dynamic

We all know there’s a big difference between static and dynamic systems. In a static system everything is in statis, systems are fixed and stationary. A dynamic system, in contrast, is characterized by constant change.

Most would characterize the cloud as a dynamic footprint. Usage patterns can shift, traffic and bandwidth constantly ebb and flow, applications can scale and adjust as needed (if set up appropriately).

Yet macro cloud hosting decisions are made as though the landscape is static, especially when it comes to location. Developers choose a hosting region, deploy their app and that’s it. Usage may change, but the hosting location stays the same.


In simple terms, because it’s too difficult. Distributing application workloads and coordinating compute resources is highly complex. To accomplish it, companies basically need to take on management of their own distributed network, which is costly and resource intensive.

As a result, most organizations and hosting companies simply can’t contemplate the level of work needed to adjust to shifting cloud demand outside of basic datacenter resource scaling. Companies will load balance within a datacenter, but not across multiple datacenters and geographies. To scale geographically, most hosting providers – including all the hyperscalers – require companies to provide the tools and skillset to orchestrate and manage a distributed network.

Dynamic Application Distribution with Section

Then there’s Section. We recognize that application demand is dynamic, not static, and we’ve designed our hosting to match – allowing your application to intelligently traverse the world’s compute resources to run at the right place and time.

Whether that’s across town to isolate workloads and improve resilience, or around the globe to accommodate fluctuations in user demand or nuances of regulatory compliance, the cloud-native Section platform constantly adapts to your application’s unique requirements.

Teams deploy to Section just as though it were a single cluster, using familiar Kubernetes tools, processes and workflows.

Section gives you the opportunity to specify application intent (around security, performance, resilience, etc.) using simple policy-based rules like run containers where there are at least 20 HTTP requests per second, and our patented Adaptive Edge Engine will automatically and dynamically adjust application hosting to meet changing demands.

If you’re ready for a hosting solution that matches the needs of your dynamic application, get started for free with Section today.

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