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Is anyone currently using virtual load balancers (such as the F5 BIG-IP LTM Virtual Edition or the A10 SoftAX) in a production role? They seem like good solutions for the budget-conscious and smaller institutions that don't have SSL offloading needs or high throughput. Any tips or comments? 

Thanks in advance,

--Adam

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Adam Nave, CISSP
Linux/Unix Systems Administrator
Macalester College


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-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 03:59:59PM -0600, Adam Nave wrote: > Is anyone currently using virtual load balancers (such as the F5 BIG-IP > LTM Virtual Edition or the A10 SoftAX) in a production role? They seem > like good solutions for the budget-conscious and smaller institutions that > don't have SSL offloading needs or high throughput. Any tips or comments? As a fellow Unix admin, I'm curious what functionality you need that isn't served by BSD+pf doing NAT? If it's truly simple load-balancing, that's the first place I would turn (of course, I NAT 50k devices behind BSD+pf already, so it kind of WOULD be the first place I would turn), especially if I didn't need the performance enhancements of a hardware solution. kmw -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.10 (GNU/Linux) iEYEARECAAYFAlDHtHgACgkQsKMTOtQ3fKEBnQCghNA1JEDFU1bBRd7N1idrqx1/ zg0AmwSxZ81WzPGVGVD7HkVjk8dtAAzD =Bthr -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
I'm afraid I've never used pf. I'll keep that in mind as a possible option.

I'll repeat my original question: is anyone using F5 or A10 virtual load balancers in production?

Thanks,

--Adam