You have decided you need to set up a web farm to provide fast
and constant web access to your web sites. The next step is to choose the right product.
Everyone, and we are no exception, is claiming that their products are the best. What
should you do? Flip a coin? We hope not. A good starting point is studying
the features and specifications. Here we like to point out an important but often
overlooked feature to illustrate how we take care of the details to
prevent any unpleasant surprises.
What is SmartConfig?
Installation and setup on a mission critical web farm can be a time consuming and
complex task. To make a smooth and proper setup, WebMux comes with a
special feature called SmartConfig. It hides all the complex setup and configuration
by letting the operator to use an ordinary
secure browser to complete up a few simple configuration forms. WebMux will
configure itself accordingly. If a secondary Webmux is installed, the configuration
settings are automatically replicated for both primary and secondary units.
What is the big deal?
Many competitors also offer on-site installation and setup like
us. If a manufacturer is going to do the installation, why should you worry? Well, what
happens after the installer leaves and you need to add or remove a server from the
farm? Or add another URL? Do you know how to do it? Is the configuration so
complicated that you need to hire the manufacturer's consultant every time you
need to make a simple change?
A more important but very often overlooked detail at procurement stage is the auto
configuration replication. Some competitors offer configurations similiar to the primary and
secondary WebMuxes for high availability and mission critical applications. What they do
not tell you is that some of them require manual replication of the configuration! Just
imagine! It is only a matter of time until the operator makes a configuration change to
the primary control unit but forgets to make the same change to the secondary unit. Should
the primary unit fail, it is not likely the secondary can successfully fail over due to
the incorrect configuration. The whole purpose to have fail over load balancer is defeated!
At CAI Networks no detail is too small. We hammer out the details again and again to
make our products reliable in hardware, manufacturing, and but also in easy to use
human interface. We leave nothing to chance.