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Server Load Balancing

Load balancing improves network performance by distributing traffic efficiently so that individual servers are not overwhelmed by sudden fluctuations in activity. "Server Load Balancing" is a guide to this critical component of high availability, clustering, and fault tolerance, all of which provide the infrastructure for reliable Internet sites and large corporate networks. It explains to engineers and technicians the concepts and terminology of load balancing and offers practical guidance for planning and implementing it in almost any environment. It also includes a configuration guide with diagrams and sample configurations for installing, configuring, and maintaining products from the four major vendors: Alteon WebSystems; Cisco's CSS Series (formerly ArrowPoint); F5's BIG-IP; and the Foundry ServerIron series. By comparing several load balancing products, the text aims to provide a deeper understanding of the technology and how best to use it to improve one's network performance.
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Table of Contents

Preface. I. Concepts and Theories of Server Load Balancing. 1. Introduction to Server Load Balancing In the Beginning Evolution Other Technologies. 2. Concepts of Server Load Balancing Networking Basics Server Load Balancers Redundancy Provider Infrastructure. 3. Anatomy of a Server Load Balancer A Day in the Life of a Packet Direct Server Return Other SLB Methods Under the Hood. 4. Performance Metrics Connections Per Second Total Concurrent Connections Throughput Traffic Profiles The Wall. II. Practice and Implementation of Server Load Balancing. 5. Introduction to Architecture Architectural Details Infrastructure Multipurpose Devices Cast of Characters. 6. Flat-Based SLB Network Architecture Implementation Traffic Flow Flat-Based Setup Security . 7. NAT-Based SLB Network Architecture Implementation Traffic Flow Network Configuration Security. III. Configuring Server Load Balancers. 8. Alteon WebSystems Introduction to the CLI Getting Started Security Flat-Based SLB NAT-Based SLB Redundancy Additional Features. 9. Cisco's CSS (Formerly ArrowPoint) Configuration Guide Introduction to the CLI Getting Started Security Flat-Based SLB NAT-Based SLB Redundancy Syncing Configurations Administration Network Additional Features. 10. F5's BIG-IP Getting Started Flat-Based SLB NAT-Based SLB Redundancy. 11. Foundry ServerIron Series Command Line Interface (CLI) Flat-Based SLB NAT-Based SLB Redundancy. IV. Appendixes. A. Quick Command Guide. B. Direct Server Return Configuration. C. Sample Configurations. Index

About the Author

Tony Bourke is a private consultant specializing in Unix administration, networking, and load balancing. He has held positions at SiteSmith, GlobalCenter, and Digex. Tony has designed and implemented SLB and Unix architectures for many high-profile and high-traffic web sites. He has published articles in Sys Admin Magazine, Hostingtech Magazine, and Network World. He is one of the leading authorities on the topic of server load balancing and frequently speaks at conferences around the country. He can be reached at


'This has been well written with clear precise instructions, together with diagrams, on the many subjects, thus ensuring that the network administrator, not only understands the reasons behind the tasks, but also provides clear instructions in a step by step process.'

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