Re: Distributed Database
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 08:14:28 -0500
Alan Connor wrote:
> Let's say that I have a database distributed among 20 boxes, all at different
> locations with different IPs.
> The full database takes only 5 of these boxes, so there are 3 mirrors.
> Can someone tell me the best way to set things up so that a client can
> just enter a URL and access whichever group of 5 boxes currently isn't
> being used to capacity? How to connect those 5 boxes together so that
> they are effectively ONE box?
DNS is a cheap solution. Several name server packages provide features
(or at least have patches available) to allow you to specify some level
of load balancing policy, be it a simple round robin approach, or
something a little more complex. It takes a little work to set up, and
it can get a little askew, as once a DNS lookup is cached by a client
there is no rebalancing available to the system
Alternatively there are professional hardware/software solutions to do
this. IBM offers websphere (I think) which enables this sort of
transparent load balancing feature, and it appears as one IP address to
the outside world, so multiple accesses from the same client can be
reblanaced as needed. Expect to pay corporate prices for this though.
Red Hat, Inc., http://people.redhat.com/nhorman
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