Is a Cluster Worth Considering for your Business?

clustering has always been viewed as a very desirable method to ensure high availability and to minimize the effect of a disaster

Technology keeps developing so perhaps it’s time to take another look at implementing server clustering for your business. For those of you that are foggy on what exactly clustering is, a cluster is a series of servers that work together so that in many respects they can be viewed as a single, integrated system.

One of the biggest attractions of a server cluster is that if one node (or part) fails, the other nodes automatically and seamlessly take over the computing tasks of the failed component. This can happen both at a single site or can happen between remote sites. And it’s all automatic with no human intervention needed.

For this reason clustering has always been viewed as a very desirable method to ensure high availability and to minimize the effect of a disaster at one site of a multisite business.
So why haven’t more organizations taken advantage of clustering? Quite simply, the cost has been prohibitive. But that’s changing with new technology advancements.

We just completed a new server cluster design for a customer which will not only consolidate 4 physical servers into 2 (running the 4 servers virtually), but also provide the piece-of-mind that comes with such a configuration. The net cost? It depends on quite a few factors but in this case it was less than cost to replace the 4 old servers.

So if you haven’t looked recently (or ever) at the idea of a server cluster at your business, maybe it’s time to take another look.

Author: Glenn Mores

President & CEO MicroData