Load Balanceing Recommendations

Nick Pavlica linicks at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 13:17:34 PST 2005

I discovered an article this morning that has some links to clustering
tools that will run on FreeBSD.


I also saw the tool dns_balance:



On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 17:26:35 -0500, Michael Conlen <m at obmail.net> wrote:
> On Jan 31, 2005, at 5:11 PM, Nick Pavlica wrote:
> > All,
> >   I  have been searching for a load balancing tool/method for managing
> > the traffic going to my web servers(http(s)).  I have found a number
> > of tools/methods out there, but haven't found any that stand out as
> > the "Common Solution" to this task on FreeBSD (I may be overlooking
> > the obvious :)).  I'm currently testing on FreeBSD 4.11 and 5.3 on
> > x86.
> >
> > - What method/tool do you use or recommend based on your production
> > experience?
> I've used two methods that have worked well. One is to use a FreeBSD or
> OpenBSD as a router and use PF to do the load balancing. The downside
> with this method is that it doesn't sense when a server is down and
> remove it from the pool of servers. I also haven't done weighted load
> balancing with this method so I can't evaluate it.
> The second method I've used is using a Foundry switch with a load
> balancer built in to it. This is nice when 1) you don't want to use a
> FreeBSD or OpenBSD system as a router and 2) you want it to do health
> checks to remove a down system from the pool automatically. It works
> really well, the downside being the cost.
> --
> Michael Conlen

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