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Chapter 16. Building Scalable Applications > Scalability and Load Balancing

16.2. Scalability and Load Balancing

A FlashCom application designed to run on one server usually must be redesigned and rewritten to run across multiple servers. In other words, there is no automatic clustering technology available for FlashCom Servers. The primary reason each application must be designed for multiple servers is that only one instance can directly update resources such as shared objects. Any clustering technology would have to provide a way to share instance state across machines.

Designing an application to scale across multiple servers can be relatively simple or quite complex, depending on the type of application. Let's look at the three general categories of applications: media-on-demand, live one-way broadcasting, and n-way communication applications.


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