November 14th, 2003

Zoner en fuego!

Load balancer recommendation?

It has been several years since I've shopped around for network hardware. We're looking to add some redundancy to our hosting environment at work, and that requires a load-balancer/redirector. More to handle fail-over than load-balancing. Back in the day the Cisco Local Director was what we normally used (at GTEI) since we were a Cisco shop. I remember other names, like Top Level, but I know the market has shaken up a lot in the past few years.

What is the recommendation for a redirector these days? Note, we're looking for something off-the-shelf, operations isn't interested in a Linux/FreeBSD/Windows box with home brewed solution, etc. Something like a Local Director is what we're looking for - rack mount, router-ish box.
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Zoner en fuego!

Buyer Beware

I was poking at eBay looking for some decent used load balancers and then I diverged and started looking at old HW from companies I worked for. There is a Livingston PM-3A-2T system with a full load of DSPs for the modems for $50 - with no bids. Back in 1997 those things sold new for what, $16-20K? Shit, I'm tempted to buy it just to put it in my collection.

But then I moved onto Xylogics, and found a Micro Annex ELS that someone wants at least $45 for... Look, the ELS wasn't worth $45 when I left Xylogics in 1995. :-) It is a shitty box - I think the last software rev it ran was 7.1, release in 1994 IIRC, and it maxes out at 38.4Kbps. Especially pointless when its successor, the Mircro Annex XL is up for $9.99!
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