[LINK] Green web servers with netbook components

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed May 20 16:00:44 EST 2009


At 09:57 PM 19/05/2009, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>... My experience of servers in data centres is that reliability and 
>availability are very important ...

Reliability and availability can be provided by redundant servers, 
rather than servers with redundant components. That is you provide 
more than one server, so that if any of the components fail (power 
supply, disk, network connection or CPU) the other server takes over. 
This is the approach Google takes 
<http://www.tomw.net.au/blog/2009/04/google-battery-backed-shipping.html>.

With this approach the design of the individual servers is much 
simpler, at the cost of increased complexity in the software. This 
also provides for the components to be geographically separated for 
another level of redundancy.



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