One of the biggest expenses of running a business can be the cost of computers, networking and IT. After all is said and done, what may seem simple and affordable in the beginning can end up being very expensive. Purchasing a mainframe computer is a good example of that. It is not always necessary to start large, and there is a lot more flexibility with cluster computing.
Quite often, new owners are tempted to go all out on their IT systems, but that can get very expensive. At the same time, it is not actually known by them yet if an extensive IT system is going to be required. One of the great things about cluster computing is that it provides the ability to start with the exact system needed and build upon it as the office needs grow.
Computer clustering is so flexible that the IT system may never need upgrading to a mainframe. As more processing power is needed, more personal computers can be added to the system to supply it. This can be done many times over to satisfy whatever requirements come about.
The opposite is true as well. Sometimes an office needs to be downsized. If a mainframe is being used, it cannot be downsized. However, a computing cluster with twenty computers linked together can be trimmed to fifteen, ten, five or however many computers are needed to accommodate the system.
Good business owners keep a tight check on all aspects of the company. Cutting spending and carefully controlling money is one of them. Before an entrepreneur even opens the doors to the office, he should have a good idea what his IT is going to cost. In many cases, starting with cluster computing rather than using a mainframe computer is like putting money in the bank right away.