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Re: hardware/optimizations for a download-webserver

On Sat, 17 Jul 2004 10:39, Nate Duehr <nate@natetech.com> wrote:
> On Jul 16, 2004, at 1:43 PM, Markus Oswald wrote:
> > Summary: Don't bother with tuning the server and don't even think about
> > setting up a cluster for something like this - definitely overkill. ;o)
> Unless there's a business requirement that it be available 24/7 with no
> maintenance downtime - that adds a level of complexity (and other
> questions that would need to be asked like "do we need a second machine
> at another data center?") to the equation.

That's a good point.  But keep in mind that when done wrong clusters decrease 
reliability and increase down-time.

I have never been involved in running a cluster where it worked as well as a 
single machine would have.  Clusters need good cluster software (which does 
not exist for Solaris, there's probably something good for linux), they need 
a lot of testing (most people don't test properly), and they need careful 

Installing a single machine and hoping for the best often gives better 

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