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Ory services are running in high-scale production environments that handle millions of requests per day. To scale Ory, spin up another VM, Docker container, or pod of Ory Kratos, Ory Hydra or Keto with the same configuration. Ory scales effortlessly to thousands of pods without any additional work. There is no need for complex key-value stores or message queues to serve high traffic environments.

If you use multiple SQL instances use HAProxy or similar technology for SQL load balancing.

Mail courier

Ory Kratos processes emails by storing them in an email queue on your database and running a mail courier worker to handle this queue. To avoid processing the same email multiple times, only one instance of this mail courier should be run at one time. For simple single-instance Ory Kratos deployments, the courier can simply be run as a background worker, but for multi-instance Ory Kratos deployments, it needs to be run a distinct singleton foreground worker. To learn more about setup and configuration, read the Mail courier in self-hosted Ory Kratos document.

Ory Kratos doesn't have any special requirements when it comes to high availability as it doesn't manage state itself but instead relies on the SQL database for that.

It's therefore possible to use Ory Kratos with auto-scaling groups for example in Kubernetes without any additional configuration.