What is the largest deployment of Flex that you know of?
I need to scale Flex to 1 million users. Where does Flex
break when pushing high volume through the server?
How scalable is the Flash Player? Will it be the breaking
point for a massive user base?
Will the downloading of the swfs cause throughput to
bottleneck? What solutions for a boundary caching server could be
available...Redirect the enterprise to a server outside of the main
web servers for all swf downloads.
Scalability would depend on how you're using Flex. Flex by
itself is really just client side tech, so the number of users
doesn't matter very much. (If you mean Flex Data Services, I don't
know much about that.) If you're using a Java back end, .NET, etc.
I think it'd just scale similarly to how they normally do, although
you'd have to take into account downloads of the flash files to
client machines. (Generally a one-time deal I guess since it should
be cached for later uses.) But this could vary greatly depending on
what you're doing.
Also, while you're doing larger (generally) one
time-downloads, you also have to consider that (depending on
exactly what you're doing, and how)... with rich client technology
you don't make as many round trips to the server. With very high
numbers, depending on specifics of what your application does of
course, you might even be able to save bandwidth in the best cases.
The nice thing about rich client technology is that if done
right, they can take alot of work away from the server, so I'd
imagine they can be cheaper, fewer in number, etc. Most users have
decently powerful machines that just sit, being bored, while you're
using web browsers. Flex can take advantage of all that extra
processing power. (Of course again this entirely depends on what
BTW, you don't mean 1 million concurrent users, right?
Usually concurrent user numbers would be much lower. Are you asking
for Google or something? =) (No need to answer that!)
That's my opinion if it helps any... just an opinion as I
don't have examples to provide, but I'm sure somebody does.