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Server Growth Rate

By kenneth.stevens ·
We have a nice problem, our company is growing. But with our growth, or server farm is growing like bunny rabbits. We currently have 175 Wintel servers up from 60 just three years ago. As we add new web based applications we seem to add several servers each.

We think of ourselves as being somewhat bleeding edge with our applications highly integrated across our Wintel servers for web access and IBM z800 mainframe for the heavy lifting such as data base.

Our managment think that our 20 to 25% server growth rate is excessive, but I don't have any metrics. We are a non-profit company of 600 employees. Our customers, financial institutions, schools, and students are all heavy users of our web based products.

I would very much appreciatte your comments about your companies WINTEL server growth rate.

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by jmschattke In reply to Server Growth Rate

Well: problem 1 is you are using Wintel, and wasting CPU and I/O bandwidth talking to a GUI.

Switch to Linux or FreeBSD for your Database, you can use your existing server base and serve a lot more data. Check out the numbers at

Web servers are also more efficient when there is no GUI.

Also, Linix is more secure than Wintel.

So, yes, your server growth rate is excessive, your software costs are excessive, and you are thinking of solving it by scrapping perfectly good hardware in favor of another Bad Move.

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