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Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 White Paper

Implementing a Scalable Architecture

One of the hardest tasks an IT professional usually faces is implementing an architecture that is scalable, manageable, and cost effective over time. These tasks are compounded by the ever-increasing pressure to place more functionality in the applications running on those servers.

Windows Server 2003 is the first server that has been designed from the ground up to work in this distributed and infinitely scalable world we find ourselves in.

Server Configurations

Let’s take a look at two ways to scale an application, by scaling out or scaling up.

Scaling Out

As mentioned earlier, all versions of Windows Server 2003 supports NLB. This allows you to create an NLB cluster as shown in the following diagram by simply installing Windows Server 2003 and enabling NLB. See the next section for more information.

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