Building Large Scaleable Client/Server Solutions!

David M. Walker Technical Leader Professional Services Sequent Computer Systems

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Agenda!

Introduction Requirements The Large Scaleable Server Networking Backup & Recovery Conclusion

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Introduction!

Databases in excess of 10Gb, normally 50Gb+ OLTP with 7 by 24 hour requirement 1000’s of enrolled users 100’s of concurrent users

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Requirements!

Architecture Led Design Modular Resilient Scaleable

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The Large Scaleable Server!
Database Server (multi node cluster) Batch/Print Server (two node cluster) Server Network (FDDI)

Application Server (free standing)

Client Networks
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The Database Server!
Traditional ‘Server’ Only Oracle RDBMS running SQL * Net connections over FDDI Resilience !! Use OPS for fail over

!! Use disk mirroring
Scaleability

!! Use OPS for ‘out of box’ growth
–! Modular Application Design Useful

!! Use disk striping
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Application Server!

Two Type

!! ‘Host’ Based !! ‘Client’ Based
Clone machines provide resilience and scaleability

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Host Based Application Server!

User logs onto server via telnet User interface run on Application Server ‘Thin’ Clients

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Client Based Application Server!

Server acts only as file server User Interface run on Local PC ‘Thick’ Clients

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Batch Server!
Manages batch queues May run batch jobs on Application Server or locally Standardize interface so all products can use it Resilience options !! Use database to hold queue

!! Cluster aware batch manager !! Use fail over file systems to move queue
Scaleability

!! Design manager to run programs where resource is
available (e.g. Application or Batch Server)

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Print Server!

Manages system output Resilience options !! Use database to hold queue

!! Cluster aware print manager !! Use fail over file systems to move queues

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Print Server (continued)!

Options

!! Distributed across application servers
–! Large number of complex queues to manage –! Needs intelligent printers –! Interferes with application server work –! Not very scaleable or resilient

!! Centralized printer server
–! Single point queue management –! Output must be sent to server for queuing which increases network traffic

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Print Server (continued)!

Options (continued)

!! Hybrid print servers
–! Central Queue Manager (CQM) –! Local queues on Application Servers address by CQM only –! Large number of simple queues to manage –! No large network file transfers

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Networks!
Server Network (FDDI)

!! SQL * Net Traffic between Application Server and Database
Server

!! Batch and print requests
Client Networks

!! Users connections to Application Servers
System Administration Network !! System Administrators

!! Database Administrators !! SNMP MIBs for monitoring
Clusters Networks !! Low Latency Interconnects for Lock Traffic
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Backup and Recovery!

PLAN & TEST FOR RECOVERY ! Database Server !! Use ‘Hot’ & ‘Cold’ backups !! Use OPBRU where available

!! Use resilient media (3480 or 3490) !! Use low capacity media with tape managers
Application, Batch and Print Servers !! Use standard Configurations

!! Keep transient files of separate file systems from static
code

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Conclusion!

Large Client/Solutions are possible but not easy Have an architecture and build in a modular fashion Look for weaknesses in resilience and scaleability Partner with your vendors - you will need their help

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