Experience with Open Source load balancers?

Jeff Neuffer Jr jneufferjr at gmail.com
Tue May 17 18:05:44 UTC 2011

We've use Linux LVS for many many years with success.

On Mon, May 16, 2011 at 7:15 PM, Welch, Bryan <Bryan.Welch at arrisi.com>wrote:

> 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.
> Regards,
> Bryan


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