RE: [load balancing] Load Balancer Evaluation: Which would you pick?

From: Andy Gravett (agIZZAThtl.uk.com)
Date: Tue Jan 27 2004 - 13:07:52 EST

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    Hi Dwight / guy's

    I was wondering if you had reach some sort of conclusion on this subject? I have seen quite alot of e-mails flying around and was wondering if any had helped in forming an opinion.

    Andy Gravett

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Dwight Lee [mailto:dleeIZZATrightmedia.com]
    Sent: 27 January 2004 16:21
    To: lb-lIZZATvegan.net
    Subject: RE: [load balancing] Load Balancer Evaluation: Which would you
    pick?

    Thank you all for your information and input. I really appreciate it.

    Dwight

    -----Original Message-----
    From: owner-lb-lIZZATvegan.net [mailto:owner-lb-lIZZATvegan.net] On Behalf Of
    Mike W
    Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 11:10 PM
    To: lb-lIZZATvegan.net
    Subject: Re: [load balancing] Load Balancer Evaluation: Which would you
    pick?

    Jay,

    Before you respond to the entire list with this type of information, you

    should check your facts. I do not work at Radware.

    Mike

    At 12:05 PM 1/26/2004, you wrote:
    >Mike,
    >
    >I thought it was kind of funny that you answered this way, last time I
    >checked you worked inside sales at Radware. What other devices have
    you used?
    >
    >Why don't you break down some technical aspects as well if you're going

    >to
    >be doing some blind marketing for your own company. :^D
    >
    >Sincerely,
    >
    >Jay Bivens
    >NetScaler, Inc.
    >
    >On Jan 20, 2004, at 11:04 PM, Mike W wrote:
    >
    >>Most of your players are first tier - including Radware, F5, Alteon,
    >>and
    >>Foundry - having had a long time in the industry and some specific
    >>focus. I have to concur with another respondent that Alteon hasn't
    been
    >>the same recently. Foundry has always made a good load basic load
    >>balancer - with emphasis on price as their biggest selling point, but
    for
    >>features and most investment protection Radware and F5 have offered
    the
    >>greatest diversity in the product lines.
    >>
    >>Radware is a switch based solution, while F5 is still a unix kernel
    >>based
    >>product, which some say takes them out of the "switch market" - their
    >>marketing discusses their network processor, but one of there
    engineers
    >>at a trade show last year finally admitted when pressed, that they
    didn't
    >>use it when doing actual load balancing, only if they were a router.
    >>
    >>I have been using Radware for a while, and like what they offer,
    >>especially when working with the global solutions - everything is in
    one
    >>box and you get a lot of control over the user traffic. You can tune
    the
    >>heck out of it to get exactly what you want for both local and global
    >>load balancing.
    >>
    >>If your needs aren't going to grow beyond the basics, then I would
    >>find
    >>which vendor can offer you the support you need, and then go with
    >>that. We have always had good success with the support for the
    Radware
    >>products, and that was a big deciding factor for us.
    >>
    >>At 07:28 PM 1/20/2004, you wrote:
    >>>Hi all,
    >>>
    >>>I'm new to the group and commercial load balancers, so I need to ask
    >>>for your expertise in helping me make a decision for my organization.
    >>>
    >>>Basically, I've got between $40,000 - $50,000 to spend on a pair of
    >>>load balancers for a high availability solution. We're basically
    >>>serving small HTTP files, mostly gifs and some text. A very tiny
    >>>percentage of our traffic will be HTTPS, so it's not a large concern,

    >>>just a nice to have.
    >>>
    >>>Anyway, I've been looking at the following boxes:
    >>>
    >>>Foundry ServerIron 100
    >>>Alteon 3408 / 2424-SSL
    >>>F5 BigIP (2400/5100)
    >>>Net Scalar (not sure which model exactly)
    >>>Radware Web Server Director
    >>>
    >>>I don't want to bias your opinions by telling you which order our
    >>>preference is based on the limited information we have.
    >>>
    >>>Some details on what we have:
    >>>We have two physical web serving boxes with 2 instances of our web
    >>>application running on each.
    >>>
    >>>Each box has 2 Gb interface cards and it looks like our application
    >>>can pump out about 300 mbs worth of traffic each nic at the current
    >>>application peak. This is still a fairly new application so we
    >>>expect to be able to make it more efficient and handle more load. We

    >>>will also be adding real servers for this application to grow our
    >>>capacity.
    >>>
    >>>Behind these boxes, we do our own load balancing with the database
    >>>and
    >>>layer(s) so we're not too concerned about that.
    >>>
    >>>Any information you guys would be able to offer me would be very much

    >>>appreciated. If you need any more information, feel free to ask me.
    >>>If you want to respond to me directly, you can reach me at
    >>>dleeIZZATrightmedia.com.
    >>>
    >>>Thanks in advance for your help.
    >>>
    >>>Dwight Lee
    >>>Systems Administrator
    >>>Right Media
    >>>
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