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Is Alpha Anywhere stable and scaleable for building a large enterprise application?

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  • Is Alpha Anywhere stable and scaleable for building a large enterprise application?

    Our firm is reviewing Alpha Anywhere as a possible tool to re-develop a large enterprise medical software application. We need the capability to create web and mobile components. Our team currently develops in Java and we are very interested in a rapid application development tool to assist with this major project. The application is large with hundreds of thousands lines of code, requires strong security, a quick response time for all user interfaces and the ability to support up to 2,500 concurrent users.

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Is Alpha Anywhere stable and scaleable for building a large enterprise application?

    Yes, Alpha Anywhere can meet all your specifications. You'll save a whole lot of development time besides.
    -Steve
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      Re: Is Alpha Anywhere stable and scaleable for building a large enterprise application?

      History shows this sort of question spawns a lot of different answers, so I don't disagree with Steve, but I think his answer requires a bit of clarification. The traffic you're looking to handle can be handled but only with some number of instances and load balancing. Maximum concurrent users per instance as I've read on this forum range from 25 to 200 or so. If there are higher estimates per instance, I don't think I've seen them. A recent forum post by the Alpha CEO suggested 200 users. Even being conservative, that's a long way from 2500. Again, it can be done, just not one instance out of the box. I mean to clarify, not to dissuade. I love Alpha Five and it's amazing what I've been able to do, quickly, with it.

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        Re: Is Alpha Anywhere stable and scaleable for building a large enterprise application?

        Yes absolutely. I use Alpha Anywhere for large real world business sites and it can pretty much scale as much as you need. That being said, as noted you will need to install a load balancer architecture with multiple Alpha Anywhere servers below and all of them connected to a database below that. But no matter what technology you use that would be necessary for a large business application.

        Cheers,

        Scott

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          Re: Is Alpha Anywhere stable and scaleable for building a large enterprise application?

          Originally posted by Steve Workings View Post
          Yes, Alpha Anywhere can meet all your specifications. You'll save a whole lot of development time besides.
          When it comes to such a number of concurrent users> 2500 then the best solution contact with Richard Rabin email richard@alphasoftware.com.
          Alpha Software has experience with this question also for references for this type of project and a POC is definitely needed in my opinion.


          Eric

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            Re: Is Alpha Anywhere stable and scaleable for building a large enterprise application?

            It's possible technically - but in real terms, any large enterprise solution will depend on the skill and ability of the developers in both AA and SQL design, there is a lot of skill involved here, expert AA knowledge. We have just completed a massive medical project, the rapid development can bring you undone if you don't begin with the end in mind in a detailed specification that provides the knowledge you need of what can and can't be done within the scope of the products being used, simple things like how you would go about developing as a team of developers can be challenging in itself using any product. So scope it then decide.
            Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
            Albert Einstein, (attributed)
            US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)

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