load balancing question
John E. Malmberg
wb8tyw at qsl.net
Thu Oct 10 03:46:01 GMT 2002
Javid Abdul-AJAVID1 wrote:
> Why dont we chose a mechanism to connect to the host itself
> like static dns rounrobin ,each connection will round robin'ed'
> or some dynamic round robin utilies
Well, you are the only one that really knows the requirements of your
You seem to be asking more questions each time, with out giving us any
more detail on what you really need to be done.
So far though you have not offered any insights to us on the data
patterns of the clients to determine if the load can be distributed.
With out that information from you, it is not possible to make any
Are all of the files in the same directory?
Your first post implied that they were, but most of the solutions that
you seem to want to look at are not compatable with that assumption.
Are the clients all accessing the same files?
Same as above.
Are the clients modifying the files? And then referencing the modified
How often is the server updating the files?
You have not indicated the platform for the servers, or anything that
really allows any estimation about how much data is being moved.
We do not know how fault tolerant the application needs to be, or how
much downtime costs.
We also do not know what you are wanting to use as a host for the SAMBA
server. Some hosts and filesystems allow you to transparently
distribute the load under all conditions.
Other hosts and file systems will only allow you to distribute the load
if your application meets certain requirements.
We must assume that the clients must be running Microsoft Windows, as if
they were running a different operating system, there are other file
sharing systems that could be used.
All of these factors are important to know, and maybe a few others.
And unless we have the answers to those questions, there is no way that
any of us can know if the advise we are giving is applicable.
We do not even know if your application would even tax a single host
running SAMBA, or if SAMBA is even a good fit for what you need to do.
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