Tips for the everyday admin -- #16
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Our countdown, brought to you by SearchStorage.com high availability expert Evan Marcus, includes some common sense tips for the everyday storage admin to follow.
#16: Consolidate your serversCombining wildly different apps can kill performance
1. Consolidate servers that do the same task
2. Reduce the number of machines
3. Reduce the number of things that can fail
Yes, this can increase the impact of a failure
4. Once you have consolidated, super-bulletproof the consolidated servers
It is easier and cheaper to overbuild one server than to overbuild many servers
5. Go ahead, put all your eggs in one basket
Just make the basket out of titanium-reinforced concrete!
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