Server farm design, implementation, and operation shouldn’t be a black art: There’s too much at stake. But it’s been almost impossible to find reliable and detailed information -- until now.
In Data Center Fundamentals, two of Cisco’s leading data center specialists systematically cover networking and application protocols, network infrastructure technology, and design best practices.
You’ll start with a thorough introduction to data center, server, and application architectures, including the relationships between application architectures and data center design. You’ll review server farm design alternatives, including multitier and fully redundant designs, and discover how to support load balancing, SSL offloading, and caching. There’s also some good material on building more hacker-resistant data centers.
The book’s detailed protocols coverage includes IP, TCP, UDP, SSL, TSS, HTTP, and streaming protocols such as RTP and RTSP. A full chapter on DNS contains important guidance on server placement and site selection. There’s also extensive coverage of Layer 2/3 infrastructure protocols, from Ethernet to IBM SNA over TCP/IP.
The authors cover load balancing in depth, starting with modes of operation and predictors, and server and cache farm applications. Since server health management is critical to load balancing, they cover that, too -- with brief virtual hosting and HTTP/HTTPS scenarios. There’s solid guidance on integrating session tracking, cookies, and other persistence mechanisms into load balanced environments. The authors wrap up with thoughtful recommendations on performance metrics and testing. If you’re responsible for delivering secure, reliable, and efficient IP-based data center services, you’ll find this book indispensable. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.