Session Management in an Autoscaling Environment
User sessions in J2EE and LAMP stacks have traditionally been handled in memory by the application server handling the user request. Because of that, load balancers have been configured to use sticky sessions. By sticky sessions we mean that once the user has visited the site, they will be assigned an app server and will return to that server for subsequent requests. The load balancers typically handle that by referencing the users session cookie.
Elastic cloud environments differ from traditional server configurations in that they have a variable number of servers based on traffic loads whereas traditional configurations had a fixed number of servers. When traffic volumes decline it is necessary to vaporize servers. In doing so, we would lose user sessions (essentially forcing a logout) unless we come up with a new strategy for session management.
A new approach
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