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From "Jeremy Boynes" <>
Subject RE: Web Clustering : Stick Sessions with Shared Store
Date Thu, 16 Oct 2003 21:07:15 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andreas Schaefer []
> Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2003 12:59 PM
> Disadvantages
> 1. Need to write the session to the DB for every request.
> Awaiting comments.
> -hb
> [Andy]
> Now your DB becomes the single point of failure instead. Unless the DB
> is clustered, too, your synchronization will fail when the DB fails.
> AFAIK WebSphere is using or used this approach (for state replication)
> and that was in part a reason why it was/is so slow.

The system will typically have a hi-av database solution anyway otherwise
the DB will be a single point of failure for normal data storage (e.g. from

However, as Andy says, the cost of storing a serialized object in a BLOB is
significant. Other forms of shared store are available though which may
offer better performance (e.g. a hi-av NFS server).

The issue I have with hb's approach is the reliance on an Admin Server, of
which there would need to be at least two and they would need to co-operate
between themselves and with any load-balancers. I think this can be handled
by the regular servers themselves just as efficiently.

I am also not convinced it reduces the amount of net traffic. After each
request the MS must write to the shared store, which is the same traffic as
a unicast write to another node or a multicast write to the partition
(discounting the processing power needed to receive the message).


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