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Building High Availability Windows Server™ 2003 Solutions by Marcin Policht, Jeffrey R. Shapiro

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Chapter 2. Choosing High-Performance Hardware

Introduction

Before you can begin to architect your mission-critical applications and your cluster or load-balanced solutions, you first need to address the hardware choices you are going to make. Architects tend to leave hardware selection strategy until the last minute of a high-availability project, and then they end up regretting the final implementation because the hardware is rushed.

High-availability systems, for any of the solutions we discuss in this book, begin with choosing the right high-performance components. Because we are talking about Windows Server solutions, we focus on hardware platforms that are compatible with Windows-Intel technology, as opposed to systems made for HA/HPC UNIX ...

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