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Practical Load Balancing


The emergence of the cloud and modern, fast corporate networks demands that you perform judicious balancing of computational loads. Practical Load Balancing presents an entire analytical framework to increase performance not just of one machine, but of your entire infrastructure.

Practical Load Balancing starts by introducing key concepts and the tools you’ll need to tackle your load-balancing issues. You’ll travel through the IP layers and learn how they can create increased network traffic for you. You’ll see how to account for persistence and state, and how you can judge the performance of scheduling algorithms.

You’ll then learn how to avoid performance degradation and any risk of the sudden disappearance of a service on a server. If you’re concerned with running your load balancer for an entire network, you’ll find out how to set up your network topography, and condense each topographical variety into recipes that will serve you in different situations. You’ll also learn about individual servers, and load balancers that can perform cookie insertion or improve your SSL throughput.

You’ll also explore load balancing in the modern context of the cloud. While load balancers need to be configured for high availability once the conditions on the network have been created, modern load balancing has found its way into the cloud, where good balancing is vital for the very functioning of the cloud, and where IPv6 is becoming ever more important.

You can read Practical Load Balancing from end to end or out of sequence, and indeed, if there are individual topics that interest you, you can pick up this book and work through it once you have read the first three chapters.

What you’ll learn

  • Judge network load balancing algorithms and when to use them
  • Plan your network for optimal load balancing performance
  • Configure single servers to take advantage of modern load balancing software
  • Learning to use load balancing software like HAproxy, STunnel etc.
  • Become familiar with implications of IPv6 and the cloud
  • Improve SSL throughput and seamless application cookie insertion

Who this book is for
Network engineers, developers and IT managers.

Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. How websites work: what makes them slow
Chapter 3. Content Caching: keeping the load light
Chapter 4. DNS based load balancing
Chapter 5. Content Delivery Networks
Chapter 6. Planning for Performance and Reliability

Part II: Load Balancing Essentials
Chapter 7. Essential concepts you need to know
Chapter 8. HTTP load balancing
Chapter 9. Database load balancing
Chapter 10. Load balancing your network connection
Chapter 11. SSL Load Balancing

Part III: Load balancing situations
Chapter 12. Clustering the Load Balancers for High Availability
Chapter 13. Load balancing in the cloud
Chapter 14. IPv6: Implications and concepts
Chapter 15. Where to go next…

Appendix. Common Terms and Concepts

Book Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430236809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430236801
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