This week Microsoft is announcing the availability of the Application Center Server.
Here is a brief description of it:
Application Center 2000 leverages the stability and dependability of Microsoft Windows. 2000 Server. It allows Web site administrators to easily combine servers into Network Load Balanced (NLB) clusters and monitor their performance across corporate networks or the Internet. In addition, Application Center combines Web site files and components into sets of 'application images.' Application Center simplifies Web site administration by synchronizing application images throughout a cluster with the click of a button.
Anyway, it seems that this product will store web based applications for management. It uses the scaling out theory that many small servers in a cluster is better than one large server as it lowers the change for point of failure and can balance the load over multiple machines.
For an overview of the product and a detailed story on it's release, check out the following link:
For a detailed tour of the the product, check this link:
Let me know if any of you have implemented this new configuration and how it has gone.