After you have estimated the bandwidth requirement of your
content, the size of your audience, and your desired server
capacity and have determined your projected growth ratio, you can
build the server system and make whatever changes are necessary to
your current network to accommodate the server capacity.
The following list outlines some effective techniques for
upgrading server and network capacity:
Upgrade a single-CPU server to a multiple-CPU server.
Install additional network cards, or upgrade the server network
card to support a higher bandwidth network connection.
Add additional servers running Windows Media Services and
implement a load balancing program to create a larger logical
server for streaming media on the network.
Distribute cache/proxy servers throughout the network and
implement a content replication program to distribute your content
closer to the clients and relieve some of the demand on the
originating content servers.
Set the network switches that will be processing streaming
media requests and transmissions to full duplex mode to maintain an
uninterrupted information flow.