Re: [load balancing] keeping load balancers seperate

From: Yahel Ben-David (
Date: Tue Oct 31 2000 - 12:55:23 EST

We use Radware's new gigE platform exactly for that reason....
(in some places using DSR - direct server return)...
We also have multiple ArrowPoints - and we are very happy both !


----- Original Message -----
From: "Troy Davis" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 6:32 PM
Subject: Re: [load balancing] keeping load balancers seperate

> On Tue, 31 Oct 2000, tony bourke <> wrote:
> > I often employ ArrowPoints or Alteons for load balancing. While they are
> > switches, I usually employ them as appliances, using only one or two
> > ports, depending on the configuration.
> Same. I hope someone is listening and creating a 2 port ASIC-based
> gigE LB -- basically the ASIC version of the BigIP. Put it between your
> L2 switch and router and smile.
> As far as convenience, I'd like to have an all-in-one unit (and would
> have bought a LB chassis-based unit, except the per-port cost is so much
> higher than L2 aggregation switches).
> The major advantage of having L2 switch -> LB -> router is that one can
> multiple LBs for redundancy/failover. For us that's not really
> necessary, as we have multiple distinct LBs/clusters in each POP (and 2
> POPs), so taking an LB down doesn't affect our ability to serve needed
> capacity.
> We haven't needed to upgrade the LB firmware yet (our Alteon install is
> only about 5 mo old). I think Alteon has a newer release but we haven't
> needed new functionality yet.
> Cheers,
> Troy

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