Windows Server 2012 R2 and Two Smaller Servers Over One Big One
Posted by Philip Elder on 09 January 2014 02:01 PM
Having some thoughts on designing client’s IT solutions to provide a relatively simple setup that allows for business to continue on in the event of a hardware failure.
Windows Server 2012 R2 gives us a few more options to facilitate business continuity.
Two smaller servers running their workloads allows for a number of different scenarios for recoverability:
Some of the benefits of this setup are:
Our preference has grown into having two key resources duplicated:
That folks is a poor man’s/woman’s “Cluster” setup.
Yes, there is a bit of extra cost involved for the licensing side of things. And, there may be a price difference on the hardware side of things.
But, when we look at the lifetime of the solution and take that extra cost we can then draw up a dollar amount per user per month using a 36 or 48 month amortization table (or even 60 month if five year warranty) and justify it as the cost of insurance relative to business stoppage costs. This works for us pretty much every time!
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