Experience with Open Source load balancers?

Welch, Bryan Bryan.Welch at arrisi.com
Mon May 16 23:15:45 UTC 2011

Greetings all.

I've been tasked with comparing the use of open source load balancing software against commercially available off the shelf hardware such as F5, which is what we currently use.  We use the load balancers for traditional load balancing, full proxy for http/ssl traffic, ssl termination and certificate management, ssl and http header manipulation, nat, high availability of the physical hardware and stateful failover of the tcp sessions.  These units will be placed at the customer prem supporting our applications and services and we'll need to support them accordingly.

Now my "knee jerk" reaction to this is that it's a really bad idea.  It is the heart and soul of our data center network after all.  However, once I started to think about it I realized that I hadn't had any real experience with this solution beyond tinkering with it at home and reading about it in years past.

Can anyone offer any operational insight and real world experiences with these solutions?

TIA, replies off list are welcomed.



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