[AusNOG] Tiny Load Balancers in Australia.

Sean K. Finn Sean.Finn at ozservers.com.au
Tue Aug 5 15:59:27 EST 2008

Hi Nick, Adrian Aaron and others who have replied off-list.

We are *considering* doing a roll-our own solution, but want to avoid it if possible, as we're getting very very busy and would like to change the
'throw a technician at it' approach to 'replace the box' type of approach.

Rolling our own solution sounds like fun, and i have had many replies off-list suggesting LVS

e.g. http://www.austintek.com/LVS/LVS-HOWTO/HOWTO/LVS-HOWTO.failover.html

and something like

>From what I have been told LVS can be setup with VRRP to have ~3 second failover, which is very very nice.

I like the price (Time only) as we have oodles of servers sitting ready and awaiting a purpose, however there have come to light some sub-$1000 boxes that look like they can do the trick.
(And as a bounus to me, don't cost any time).

I have been suggested some alteon 180 aceswitch load balancers as a bought solution, does anyone know how these go? I've heard good reviews.

We'll just be doing some very very basic http load balancing.


-----Original Message-----
From: ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net [mailto:ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net] On Behalf Of Aaron Weller // Crucial Paradigm
Sent: Tuesday, 5 August 2008 3:18 PM
To: Sean K. Finn
Cc: ausnog at ausnog.net
Subject: Re: [AusNOG] Tiny Load Balancers in Australia.

Hey Sean,

Have you thought of using of using LVS, this is a fairly cheap solution
and can easily push 300mbps+ on a Dual Xeon 3.0ghz/4GB RAM/2 x 1gbit NIC.

The only downside is they require a bit more to manage, and no fancy
management interface. I do believe you can setup fail-over, however have
not had any experience in doing this.


Sean K. Finn wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'm pulling my hair out trying to find two **tiny** load balancers for
> a remote server installation to balance IP traffic / http requests to
> two web servers.
> Does anyone know a local Australian source of entry-level load balancers?
> At most I'd need to balance between 10mbps to 100mbps between two
> servers.
> IPv4 is fine.
> What I'm really after is a unit that has vrrp or something like it so
> the units have their own failover capability if one dies, plus the
> necessary traffic direction between two servers. (nothing fancy
> required session wise on the load balancers, just pure traffic
> redirection).
> This is an excercise in application redundancy and not necessarily
> performance.
> (Vendors please note: Feel free to post off list, vendor offers
> welcome, but if you want to take me on the three week hump me and dump
> me vendor dating trail, please don't.
> I need this gear ASAP and don't want to fork out 20 to 40 grand for
> two 'entry level' 750mbps units as they are overkill, neither do I
> want you to take me to lunch and build a relationship before you give
> me pricing.
> I need something tiny but dependable, and I need to get the ball
> rolling ASAP)
> If anyone has any recommendations for gear-to-purchase or
> alternatively a software solution on server-based hardware, I'm all ears.
> Best Regards,
> Sean.
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