I'm in charge of IT for my department. We are located in a building with very old infrastructure, due to be updated in the next two years.
Currently, the maximum bandwidth from the server to the rest of the building is limited to 1Gb. The wall user ports within the building vary from 100Mb to 1Gb.
I have inherited a single file server solution, which needs to be replaced. One of our needs is both data redundancy (HA and/or mirroring) and especially improving bandwidth. Since we cannot control or improve the bandwidth in the building infrastructure, I am investigating using a load balancer with multiple network connections to distribute the load across the available network pipes.
Question: I've created setups like this in AWS. Is there a flaw in my design when using physical hardware? Could it be better?
Thanks for the input. I agree with the "spend boatloads in the wrong place" sentiment. Unfortunately, the building infrastructure is beyond my purview. While it is scheduled to be brought to 10Gb "in the next two years", this is academia - so I'm going to assume it'll really be 4 :D