High availability is a very important feature for any kind of infrastructure. As the name suggests the services should be available at any given point of time. You can have several parallel instance of an application and can scale up and down depending on the business requirement, without worrying much about the cost. Load is distributed across different servers, and even if one or more of the servers fails, the application is still accessible via the other application instances. HA is crucial for scalable enterprise applications, as you can improve performance by adding more gears (which will be replica of your current one).

Lets create a scaled application and see how High Availability works in Openshift. Follow Below steps :

Step-1: Create a new application. Please note that we are using “-s” here to enable scaling:

$ rhc app create -a myhaproxy -t jbossas-7 -s

Above will create a directory “myhaproxy” at the location from where you ran the command from your terminal.

Now there are two types of scaling : Automatic and Manual. The command mentioned in Step-1 creates an application which is auto-scalable, i.e. the application will be scaled based on the incoming load. However you can also scale your application manually. For eg: if you are anticipating a certain amount of load, or you have limited resources (less number of gears available), or if you want to control the cost manually.

Lets see how can we scale our application manually.

Step-2 : Navigate from the directory “myhaproxy” which got created in Step-1 to :

$ cd myhaproxy/.openshift/markers/

Step-3 : Create a blank file as “disable_auto_scaling” :

$ touch disable_auto_scaling

Step-4 : Now add the changes to git repository, commit the changes and push them to Openshift server :


$ cd ../../

$ git add .openshift/markers/disable_auto_scaling

$ git commit -m "disabling auto-scaling"

$ git push


Step-3 : Once the auto-scaling is disabled, lets enable manual scaling :

Create an SSH connection to your application :


for eg :

ssh 123a456c09d12345b123a12345cc1234@myhaproxy-mydomain.rhcloud.com

Step-4 : Run below command to enable manual scaling :

$ add gear -a APPNAME -u UUID -n NAMESPACE

for eg :


add-gear -a myhaproxy -u 123a456c09d12345b123a12345cc1234 -n mydomain


Now manual scaling is enabled. Let’s check if High Availability works. Try to access the application using the url :

myhaproxy-mydomain.rhcloud.com, this gives the welcome page.

Now again ssh to your application using :

ssh 123a456c09d12345b123a12345cc1234@myhaproxy-mydomain.rhcloud.com

Grep for the java process and kill the process id, now our JBoss server is down. If high availability is working, the url should still work.

myhaproxy-mydomain.rhcloud.com, if this gives the welcome page, we are good :). (Preferably try from a different browser)

You can see high availability statistics from the management console, by logging in to

You can also select minimum or maximum number of gears you want to scale up to.

Middlewaremagic Team 🙂

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