Scale up or scale out: Which makes more sense?

Fresh off of HDS Geek Day, I’ve summarized a few things I have come across recently that enable me to scale out much easier.

A few years ago, we were frequently pressed with decisions such as whether or not to select two or four processor (socket) systems. Processor architectures have continually increased the number of cores available, and in many situations IT administrators could choose the smaller two-processor system in favor of loading up on cores. This was one of my first decision points of scale up or scale out during server virtualization. In terms of servers, scaling up is usually favoring a lesser number of more capable systems where scaling out is to add a higher number of relatively less powerful systems.

Read the entire post at TechRepublic.


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