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Server Load Balancing : OREILLY - Tony Bourke

Server Load Balancing


Paperback Published: 13th August 2001
ISBN: 9780596000509
Number Of Pages: 192

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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.

Much of the information on load balancing comes from vendor-specific manuals that use inconsistent terminology and are often biased toward the products they cover. "Server Load Balancing "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 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 the Foundry ServerIron series

By comparing several load balancing products, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the technology and how best to use it to improve your network performance. No system administrator responsible for traffic management should be without this practical guide.

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'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.' www.four-runner.com

Prefacep. ix
Concepts and Theories of Server Load Balancingp. 1
Introduction to Server Load Balancingp. 3
In the Beginningp. 4
Evolutionp. 7
Other Technologiesp. 8
Concepts of Server Load Balancingp. 13
Networking Basicsp. 13
Server Load Balancersp. 15
Redundancyp. 16
Provider Infrastructurep. 22
Anatomy of a Server Load Balancerp. 24
A Day in the Life of a Packetp. 25
Direct Server Returnp. 27
Other SLB Methodsp. 29
Under the Hoodp. 30
Performance Metricsp. 32
Connections Per Secondp. 32
Total Concurrent Connectionsp. 33
Throughputp. 33
Traffic Profilesp. 34
The Wallp. 36
Practice and Implementation of Server Load Balancingp. 39
Introduction to Architecturep. 41
Architectural Detailsp. 42
Infrastructurep. 46
Multipurpose Devicesp. 49
Cast of Charactersp. 51
Flat-Based SLB Network Architecturep. 54
Implementationp. 54
Traffic Flowp. 57
Flat-Based Setupp. 58
Securityp. 60
NAT-Based SLB Network Architecturep. 62
Implementationp. 62
Traffic Flowp. 66
Network Configurationp. 66
Securityp. 70
Configuring Server Load Balancersp. 73
Alteon WebSystemsp. 75
Introduction to the CLIp. 76
Getting Startedp. 78
Securityp. 81
Flat-Based SLBp. 84
NAT-Based SLBp. 90
Redundancyp. 95
Additional Featuresp. 98
Cisco's CSS (Formerly ArrowPoint) Configuration Guidep. 99
Introduction to the CLIp. 100
Getting Startedp. 101
Securityp. 103
Flat-Based SLBp. 104
NAT-Based SLBp. 108
Redundancyp. 114
Syncing Configurationsp. 117
Administration Networkp. 117
Additional Featuresp. 118
F5's BIG-IPp. 119
Getting Startedp. 119
Flat-Based SLBp. 125
NAT-Based SLBp. 126
Redundancyp. 127
Foundry ServerIron Seriesp. 129
Command Line Interface (CLI)p. 130
Flat-Based SLBp. 133
NAT-Based SLBp. 135
Redundancyp. 136
Appendixesp. 139
Quick Command Guidep. 141
Direct Server Return Configurationp. 151
Sample Configurationsp. 157
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9780596000509
ISBN-10: 0596000502
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 13th August 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 17.78  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34