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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 19, 2019

Vertical scaling of Application and Event monitoring stateful services

A means by which to effectively perform vertical scaling of key stateful services in the `ibm-cloud-appmgmt-prod` chart.

Today, the stateful services include PersistentVolumeClaims in their pod spec, and use helm values to configure the size of the claims per pod. As such, horizontal scaling is handled by the addition of more replicas in the statefulset.

The PersistentVolumeClaim fields in the statefulset pod spec are immutable. Changing the claimed storage size by changing the helm values leads to a failed release due to immutable fields. This prevents the user from vertically scaling their stateful services through the means of the helm release.

Example:


If a user has `200Gi` claims per pod can only scale with additional replicas adding `200Gi` at a time and the overhead of more replicas.

In a number of cases, it would make more sense to vertically scale the claims such that each claim is `1000Gi`


Today, any means taken to vertically scale these stateful services would be disconnected from the helm release and its configured values.


Investing in maturing the stateful services to be controlled by operators could address this, in addition to other administrative needs for stateful services.

Idea priority High