[nycphp-talk] php scalability

Nicholas Tang ntang at
Wed Aug 13 22:20:42 EDT 2003

There are several high performance, relatively low-cost hardware
appliance-type solutions, especially if you buy refurbs... Alteon, Cisco,
F5, and a bunch of other vendors make them.  As someone else mentioned,
there are other solutions like mod_backhand and/or wackamole that allow you
to set up dynamically balanced, redundant clusters of webservers.

It's pretty easy to scale LAMP-style setups, honestly.  The place I work now
(CCI) uses PHP/Apache/Linux on the front end and, depending on the app and
how long ago it was written, Oracle or MySQL on the backend.  We do a whole
lot of page views (hundreds of millions) every month so it can certainly be


----- Original Message -----
From: "Analysis & Solutions" <danielc at>
To: "NYPHP Talk" <talk at>
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 10:01 PM
Subject: Re: [nycphp-talk] php scalability

> Lee:
> On Wed, Aug 13, 2003 at 04:30:04PM -0700, Lee Semel wrote:
> > How would you set up load balancing and failover on a PHP site? Is there
> > any particular way you would design the application up front to make
> > this easier?  I'm interesting in hearing your suggestions.
> I'm no expert on massive deployments, but from what I understand, the load
> balancing has to do with routers and other traffic management
> software/hardware.  The scripting language on each server operates
> independently, processing the requests that have been directed to it's
> server.
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