Preparing for Large Traffic Events
With increasingly complex systems and peak traffic spikes, ensuring system reliability on Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a tall order. It's crucial for engineering teams to create and follow a robust preparation plan.
Download our comprehensive checklist to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks while preparing your resources, processes, and logistics.
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Ensure Peak Readiness for large traffic events
- Leave no resource unaccounted for by consulting our list of metrics and alerts.
- Coordinate across teams with a comprehensive logistics plan covering proper timelines, roles and responsibilities, and comms guidelines.
- Ensure your on-call team knows exactly what to do should an incident arise by validating your processes against our checklist.
Incident classification: SEV descriptions and levels, and SEV and time-to-detection (TTD) timelines
Organization-wide critical service monitoring, including key dashboards and KPI metrics emails
Service ownership and metrics for organizations maintaining a microservices architecture
Effective on-call principles for site reliability engineers, including rotation structure, alert threshold maintenance, and escalation practices
Chaos Engineering practices to identify random and unpredictable behavior in your system
Monitoring and metrics to detect incidents caused by self-healing systems
Creating a high-reliability culture by listening to people in your organization
When we know there will be a higher-than-usual amount of traffic to our web application, many of us get nervous, and with good reason. Large failure events on these days have cost companies large amounts of money and consumer confidence. This checklist will help your company prepare for high-traffic events, like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and become one of the success stories.