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Practical Load Balancing: Ride the Performance Tiger by Eelco Plugge, David Hows, Peter Membrey

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C H A P T E R  9

Load Balancing Your Database

The previous chapter looked at load balancing the servers hosting your web site using nginx and the Apache HTTP server. We explained that while nginx is a high-performance web server for mostly static data, Apache HTTP is more efficient for handling dynamic data such as PHP pages. Today, the vast majority of web sites contain dynamically generated data—data that is stored on one or more databases. This data is then used to automatically generate one or more web pages whenever visited, without manual intervention. Indeed, it's clear to see why databases play a crucial role on today's World Wide Web.

In this chapter you'll be looking at load balancing your database. More specifically, you'll look ...

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