With the constantly increasing size of enterprise networks, the demand of application servers is also gradually growing. If you have developed a high-end website or an application for your business, you would surely like your target customers to use the app or check the website. Quite obviously, you won’t like your visitors to face a down time when thousands of people attempt to access your website simultaneously. Even if you are using a high performing hardware, single server solutions may not prove to be enough. This is why Ricoh offers server clustering services to a wide number of customers.How does a server cluster work?
Simply put, a server cluster is a group of servers that act as one. This ensures the application or the service is processed smoothly, without any interruption. This enables high availability, improved service and sometimes parallel processing and load balancing.
Server clustering is basically a technology that allows you to keep your business running even after the failure of one of the critical servers. This technology helps group together the independent servers that run on windows server 2003, enterprises or data centre edition. These units usually work as a single system, in order to ensure availability of services for clients. When a system fails in cluster, it gets redirected to another and distributes the workload. The main task of cluster server is to ensure that the users have stable access to the important server-based resources. It is designed for applications that are running for long in the memory state. Server clustering is vastly used in print servers, database servers, messaging servers and file servers.
Robust hardware is one of the most important aspects of a server cluster environment, and keeping that in mind, Ricoh offers advanced hardware configuration. In the server cluster environments, we use special kind of servers that are originally designed in a way so that these can be clustered together. While buying servers for clustering we always check the compatibility of the hardware beforehand so that we can ensure the best possible experience for our clients.
We understand that in order to make a server cluster run perfectly, it’s not sufficient to keep the right operating system and hardware ready at hand. This is why we consider the software requirements with equal importance. We know that in order to make use of the server cluster environment in the best possible way, the application must be suitable. Considering this, we ensure improved software specifications.
We at Ricoh, regulate the time dedicated by each of the machines to each tasks performed. Thus, we are able to track the importance of the different applications, individually. While planning the server cluster environment for our clients, we try to decide the actual processor time that each of the applications receives. We also suggest them about how to handle a server failure. While designing the environment, our main objective is to figure out if the remaining processing power is dedicated to the most critical application so that the best possible result can be achieved.
One of the major advantages of opting for a cluster server from Ricoh is that we ensure high availability. For instance, if a cluster of three servers is responsible for running a critical application, and one of the servers experiences a critical failure, we ensure the other two can handle the load and manage the application efficiently. In a server cluster, the other two servers keep on functioning, detect the failure and also pick up some of the slack.
We believe that scalability is something that you have to take care of while operating in a cloud environment since this helps you track the exact requirement of a server. This is why we ensure maximum possible scalability of servers. For instance, if you are running an application that needs two servers to run properly, you can simply add another server later on and check whether or not the performance of the system improves. Even if your application gets bogged down at a given point of time, you can simply plug in another server.
According to us, managing the network efficiently is the key to run your business smoothly. If you are making your website live, you would surely like to make it accessible 24X7. This is because people from the different corners of the globe will access your site or use your application. In a situation like this, Ricoh’s server clustering service seems to be a feasible solution. We always ensure that an administrator can shift a certain portion of the workload to another server. Thus, we help maintain all of the servers without turning the application offline even for a short span of time.
We at Ricoh, value our customers’ business ventures the most and hence, design the server clustering services accordingly. We understand that server clusters work on a concept known as load balancing which allows distribution of the workload across a number of servers. The main benefit of opting for Ricoh’s server clustering solutions is that you are not dependent on just one server and need not worry about bandwidth, disk space and heavy traffic. With us, you can rest assured of the fact that you won’t have to deal with a bunch of unsatisfied customers, claiming that things are running slow.
Can be used to deploy up to 32 nodes network load balancing where each of the server has duplicate copy of the application that you want to provide to the users.
Full load balancing is available for both TCP and UDP traffic.
Clustering is supported by all types of windows including standard, enterprise and data centre type server.
Can be used for web servers, ISA servers, VPNs, media servers, and terminal servers.