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16. Server Hardware > Scalability

Scalability

A server should be scalable to smoothly handle an increasing workload. Unix workstations have far more capacity for scaling by adding CPUs and RAM than PCs. Unix workstations scale up to 64 or 128 CPUs, depending on whom you ask, while PC hardware cannot generally handle the contention between more than 4 CPUs, as of this writing. Workstations also have better I/O bandwidth and more RAM expandability.


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