Lets say you use a "black box" to do some security type
processing. The "black box" can handle up to 500 requests per second. You have
an absolutely, positively maximum of 200 requests per second. How you send and receive
requests to and from the "black box" doesn't really matter.
Now, the geniuses in engineering come up with a new product that puts your
company on the world map. The number of request per second goes past 5,000. Oops, you need
more "black boxes". But, as you soon find out, just adding more hardware doesn't
solve the problem. You also need a means for scheduling, error recovery, load balancing,
etc. that only backend processing can handle. Volume changes everything.
This type of a problem constantly pops up in the computing world. The more successful a
venture, the more volume. Someday, the volume becomes more than the current configuration
can handle. This is when the system architect must have a new set of eyes -- to see the
solution in a different light. Simply adding more hardware to the current configuration is
seldom the best solution (smarts vs. parts.) It is for this reason -- volume changes
everything -- that there is Tymeac.