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Multi-node cluster

A multi-node cluster consists of a set of connected systems (nodes) that work together, and in many ways can be viewed as a single system. The nodes of a cluster are usually connected through local area networks, with each node running its own instance of the same operating system. 

An Interana multi-node cluster consists of the following nodes that can each be deployed on a separate device, or grouped (as stacked services) on two or more devices:

  • config node — Node from which you administer the cluster. MySQL database (DB) is only installed on this node for storage of Interana metadata. Configure this node first.
  • api node — Serves the Interana application, merges query results from data and string nodes, and then presents those results to the user. Nginx is only installed on the api node. 
  • ingest node — Connects to data repositories (S3, Azure, local file system), downloads new files, processes the data and then sends to data and string tiers, as appropriate.
  • data node — Data storage, must have enough space to accommodate all events and stream simultaneous query results.
  • string node — String storage for the active strings in the dataset, stored in compressed format. Requires sufficient memory to hold the working set of strings accessed during queries.
  • listener node — Streams live data from the web or cloud, also known as streaming ingest. This node is optional during installation.

Related terms

  • Cluster
  • Interana
  • node
  • stacked (services)
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