Last updated on March 25th, 2023 by A1 True Jobs
Cluster hosting is sometimes confused with Cloud or Grid hosting. It is simply a group of servers that operate together and act as one “mega” server. The big difference between cluster hosting and cloud hosting is cluster hosting is over a smaller area. For instance, there could be a cluster of servers along the eastern coast of the United States.
Cluster host is typically billed on an hourly or monthly rate.
Advantages of Clustering Servers
- Clustering servers is completely a scalable solution. You can add resources to the cluster afterwards.
- If a server in the cluster needs any maintenance, you can do it by stopping it while handling the load over to other servers.
- Among high availability options, clustering takes a special place since it is reliable and easy to configure. In case of a server having a problem providing the services furthermore, other servers in the cluster can take the load.
Disadvantages of Clustering Servers
- Cost is high. Since the cluster needs good hardware and a design, it will be costly compared to a non-clustered server management design. Being not cost effective is a main disadvantage of this particular design.
- Since clustering needs more servers and hardware to establish one, monitoring and maintenance is hard. Thus increase the infrastructure.