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Load-Balancing and Nodes?


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#1 Ezzah

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 02:47 AM

Well, out of curiosity, I've been wondering how websites such as "Mega", "Dropbox", and these file-sharing/sync websites, are able to link the servers together, and create one entity?

 

If you were hosting ownCloud, for example, since you can't have 100TB of storage on the single server, how would you break it up so that the servers act together? Not syncing, but if the first server HDD is full, it will store other user files into server 2 HDD.

 

Additionally to this, if a server was over-loading in the ownCloud example (a lot of people accessing first server), how would it load-balance and compensate for data storage at the same time?


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Posted 19 October 2014 - 09:25 PM

I'm sure you can have over 100TB on a server.  I've got 50TB on my machine, 10 internal drives and another eight attached via USB.  There are many different ways to add storage on a server.  Storage Area Network (SAN) devices are how enterprises handle drive space.  Backblaze uses Storage Pods



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Posted 19 October 2014 - 10:22 PM

But you wouldn't be linking hundreds of SAN onto one server. So how would you link up multiple other SANs as a storage backend?


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