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Chapter 3. Scaling with ColdFusion MX 7 > Hardware vs. Software Load Balancing ...

Hardware vs. Software Load Balancing Options

In this section you will look at the differences between Hardware load balancing solutions and software load balancing solutions. Understanding the strengths and limitations of each is crucial in deciding your network and system architecture.

ColdFusion MX 7 Load Balancing and Software-Based Load Balancing

In most software-based load-balancing methodologies, a service runs on each machine in a cluster. A machine designated as the primary cluster server distributes load to the other servers in the cluster. Should one server go down, the other machines in the cluster are notified by communication among the servers' cluster services, and the other machines act to absorb the extra load. One limitation of this approach is that it requires your Web servers to act as their own clustering agents.


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