We are implementing a hospital information system and a human
resources/payroll processing system on two identical dedicated servers with
two Xeon Quad Core processors and 32 GB RAM each, both servers being attached
via FC to a SAN, and both applications running on PostgreSQL 8.3 / CentOS 51.
We are wondering about the advisability to distribute the databases between
the two server machines, both machines acting as active production systems
for one application each, and as warm standby servers for the other, using
WAL shipping to a second database cluster running on another port on each of
the two server machines.
What would be the performance cost of doing so, rather than running all
databases on one database cluster on one machine, and using the second
machine as a warm standby server for all databases of the two applications?
What other considerations should we take into account? We have no prior
experience with PostgeSQL administration, having run our previous systems on
Windows Servers and MS SQL Server.
Thanks to all for your input!
Clínica Universitaria Teletón
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