I started off with a t2.micro instance (Amazon Linux AMI), although I am currently using a t2.large instance, since I was having some installation difficulties with the micro. Will having a more powerful instance improve the performance (less lag, can handle more users) of my application? R is single threaded, and I only have a single EC2 instance with the open-source ShinyServer (so only 1 R process, not many), and I'd like my app to be able to withstand and perform well having 50-500 people using it for now.
Rather than using a more powerful instance, or paying $10K for shiny server pro, could I simply set up a large number of instances each with open-source shiny server, each with my app, and use an ELB to balance traffic between them? I don't have the budget for shiny server pro.
Thanks in advance for any help on this. Scaling shiny apps beyond a small number of co-workers looking at your app is something I haven't seen much content for, and I'm hoping I can understand a bit better how I can scale my app a bit, as long as it's still an RShiny app.