Clustering on the Windows Platform

Clustering is a linchpin of Microsoft's enterprise computing strategy. To some degree with "scale-up" and to a large extent with "scale-out," clustering is extremely important to Microsoft's ability to meet large customer needs for scalability and high availability. With a practical limitation of eight-processor machines and a reputation for instability, Microsoft's clustering technologies and those of its third-party partners and partner/competitors are a requirement for running Windows in the enterprise. In this special report, ENT looks at the state of the art in clustering of Microsoft systems.