What You Should Do

By Sean Gallagher  |  Posted 2002-07-02 Print this article Print

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When to Ditch the Servers

How to know when to say "when" to adding more servers:

  1. Response times poor. And they don't improve with the addition of another server because of network bottlenecks.
  2. More hardware failures. They happen so frequently that users can't get access to applications.
  3. Inaccurate data. Different databases used by applications can't be synchronized fast enough or frequently enough
  4. Cost exceeds gain. Labor and software licenses for administration, security and monitoring cost more than you're making.

Sean Gallagher is editor of Ziff Davis Internet's enterprise verticals group. Previously, Gallagher was technology editor for Baseline, before joining Ziff Davis, he was editorial director of Fawcette Technical Publications' enterprise developer publications group, and the Labs managing editor of CMP's InformationWeek. A former naval officer and former systems integrator, Gallagher lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.

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