If you are looking for a high volume document conversion solution with clustering support, we’ve got some great news with the latest version of our Document Conversion Service software. Meanwhile, if you’re not sure if you need this feature, read on for some info on what clustering support is, and why your organization might need it.
The amount of digital data that is being stored has grown exponentially over the last decade and continues to increase with every passing year. Many businesses are going paperless, storing their critical files in local archive systems or moving them to cloud storage solutions. These files can be Adobe PDF documents, email messages, images, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets or any of a myriad of other file types used to share information in our increasingly connected world.
Many companies archive all of this data to a common format to make it easily accessible for current and historical access. This can lead to thousands, or even tens of thousands of email messages, documents and other files to be converted each day. To convert this amount of files a document conversion solution that is highly available and allows for continuous uptime is required. This is where clustering support comes into play.
What is clustering?
In the computing world, a cluster is a group of computers that work in tandem, doing the same task on a shared set of data. This spreads the work out across each computer, or node, in the cluster and allows for load balancing and failover protection.
Configuring higher-powered computers in the cluster to perform more of the conversions spreads the work out, keeping each computer busy, but not overloaded.
With multiple computers running, the need to take one computer offline for maintenance will have minimal impact, as the other nodes will continue to convert files from the central location.
We are happy to announce that the newest version of Document Conversion Service now includes clustering support with its included Watch Folder service.