If you are wondering what server clustering is and if you should go for it, you have come to the right place. Today’s post will talk about the things you should know about server clustering.
A server cluster is a group of servers that work together to offer you improved performance and high availability.
You should know that server clustering uses a concept called load balancing where the load of work is distributed (balanced) across servers.
You should know that clustering does not work for everyone. For starters, it increases the infrastructure. Thus, you have more servers and more hardware to manage and monitor. Server clustering is really not that flexible. Not all types of servers can be clustered. Also, several applications are not supported by clustering design. Also, clustering is not cost-effective. Server clustering is not only about investing in a few servers but about holding them together with a good server design. Some designs can be very expensive.
You should know that organizations deploy clustering of servers for the following reasons.
- High availability: With server clustering, one server takes over in case there is a problem with another server. This ensures high availability of applications.
- High scalability: Cluster servers accommodate increasing needs conveniently.
- Easy maintenance: With a group of functional servers, you can choose to shut down one for maintenance while others handle its load.
- Easy management: You can manage and configure cluster servers without a hassle.
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