Chapter 13. Server Hardware Strategies

Another group of machines in your organization is the server fleet. This population of machines is used to provide application services, web services, databases, batch computation, back-office processing, and so on.

A single machine might provide one service or many. For example, a single server might be a dedicated file server, or it might be a file server, a DNS server, and a wiki server while performing many other functions. Alternatively, some services might be too large to fit on a single machine. Instead, the work of the service may be distributed over many machines. For example, Google’s Gmail service is distributed over thousands of machines, each doing a small fraction of the work.

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