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Just start playing! Get yourself a virtual server (Windows or Linux, whatever you're comfortable with), and install the OpenGeoSuite. I run a small production server with around 2 GB of ram and two processors and it works fine. As John Barca says, you can scale up to very big, with load balancing and separate, redundant database servers. But to start ...


There are multiple meanings of "cluster", and I fear you may be confusing them... In ArcGIS Server 10.1+ parlance, a "cluster" is a bound subset of servers within an ArcGIS Server site. The documentation contains this image, which shows how a subset of servers can be allocated to one aspect of GIS services. In this diagram there are three (3) hosts ...

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