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In an ideal world, all systems would have linear scaling of all resources with linear cost, but this is rarely the case. Cost may include not only capital expenditures but operational costs for increased cooling, power, rack space, and management requirements. System designers and solution architects who plan ahead for scaling can at least control cost, make initial trade-offs for the long term, and provide mostly linear scaling with similar increases in capital and operating costs. Choosing the right scaling strategy - ranging from simple server-client to clusters to grid, cloud, or general Internet services - up front is critical. This paper arms systems designers and solution architects with methods for success.
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