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  1. #1
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    Hardware for Clustered Hosting?

    Every time I see more companies choose to offer clustered hosting, but what is really necessary to be able to offer this service?

    Thanks.

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    What type of clustering are you interested in? There is both high availability and load balancing, you can opt for a software or hardware solution. But for most cases it will look like:

    Load Balancer - > Web Server #1 -> Shared Storage
    - > Web Server #2

    It can get rather expensive if you want a completely high-availability setup because you would need a secondary storage server and load balancer incase the first failed.


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    Dixtech1:

    Load Balancer <> Load Balancer

    Web Server 1 <> Web server 2 <> Web server n

    Shared storage

    Also, don't forget the systems integration cost, which gets substantial when you're working with HA storage arrays and automatic provisioning.

    Basically, you need to have the investment behind you and know exactly what service you're offering.
    System administration, application development, and project management.
    http://erek.blumenthals.com/blog/

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    The idea in which we work is to find the most economical solution for shared hosting with cPanel, looking for a comprehensive storage solution.

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    You'll find it isn't easy when choosing CPanel for clustering, we opted for DirectAdmin because we found it much easier to integrate into. You could also check into two CP's that are made for clustering: Hsphere and Interworx.

    We designed our custom system for use with DirectAdmin, we attempted to do the same with CPanel but figured it wouldn't work as well. I'm sure if you have the time and money, cpanel can be worked with.


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    Quote Originally Posted by devonblzx View Post
    You'll find it isn't easy when choosing CPanel for clustering, we opted for DirectAdmin because we found it much easier to integrate into. You could also check into two CP's that are made for clustering: Hsphere and Interworx.

    We designed our custom system for use with DirectAdmin, we attempted to do the same with CPanel but figured it wouldn't work as well. I'm sure if you have the time and money, cpanel can be worked with.
    Cpanel 12 will support it though

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