Category: CommunityMulti-Server Environments: The InterWorx Advantage

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InterWorx reduces the complexity of deploying redundant server clusters for high-traffic websites and online applications

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High-traffic websites demand a lot from server hardware. To maintain acceptable levels of performance over time, infrastructure must be designed so that no one component becomes a bottleneck; processing power, available memory, and disk IO are all potential points of failure. One option is to invest in increasingly expensive enterprise server hardware, but, as we’ve discussed several times before, vertical scaling of that sort has a number of disadvantages, including large capital investments, lack of flexibility over time, and fewer options for redundancy and failover implementation.

A multi-server setup with large numbers of less powerful machines is massively more flexible and doesn’t require huge upfront investment. Hardware deployment can scale with business development, and continued reliability through redundancy is built-in since scaling up is simply a case of adding more of the same. Having such a flexible architecture provides the agility that businesses need to change their infrastructure.

Putting a site on a cluster behind a load-balancer that spreads load across multiple servers, each of which can be configured both individually and collectively, has become the dominant strategy of major players on the web. Google, Facebook, and others all rely on relatively inexpensive hardware deployed in mass quantities. The most popular web platforms in the world, including WordPress and Magento, function wonderfully in a multi-server environment.

However, a multi-server environment does introduce a degree of complexity to infrastructure deployment and management. That’s where InterWorx comes in.

InterWorx clustering is designed from the ground up with a multi-server setup in mind. Unlike other popular web control panels like cPanel and DirectAdmin, InterWorx supports a load-balanced master/node server cluster setup without the need for a multi-server plugin. Additionally, because InterWorx is a fully featured control panel, it is the cPanel alternative that has every major feature of cPanel and many more.

For system administrators that understand the advantages of scalable and reliable infrastructure solutions that offer maximally flexible control of Linux server clusters and core components of the modern web, like MySQL, via a variety of APIs, including SOAP, XMLRPC, and the command line, the InterWorx Control Panel provides an unbeatable advantage.

What are you hosting on your InterWorx cluster, and how is it performing? Share below in the comments!

ClusteringEnterprise ITLoad-Balancing
May 23, 2013, 5:14 pmBy: InterWorx (0) Comments

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