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From Brian Akins <>
Subject Re: load balancer "cluster" set
Date Mon, 31 Jul 2006 18:05:01 GMT
Guy Hulbert wrote:

> The point of contention was scalability ... from a human point of view
> it is really annoying to have to solve a problem twice but from the
> business pov, outgrowing your load balancer might only be a good thing.

Yes.  But most load balancer can only do layer 7 load balancing. 
Sometimes it is necessary to have very application specific "routing." 
Also, in general, most hardware load balancers base their algorithms on 
things such as response time.  Sometimes, it is necessary to know the 
general "health" of the backend servers.

Brian Akins
Chief Operations Engineer
Turner Digital Media Technologies

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