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From James Smith <>
Subject Re: nginx load balance
Date Mon, 30 Jun 2008 07:18:15 GMT

On Sun, 29 Jun 2008, Perrin Harkins wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 9:48 AM, Jeff Peng <> wrote:
>> But I have a question, does nginx support for session-keeping?
>> A user's request, should go always to the same original backend server.
>> Otherwise the user's session will get lost.
> I would advise you not to do this.  It's a non-scalable design.  If
> you need to keep session data beyond what will fit in an encrypted
> cookie, you'd be better off storing it in a shared database.  That
> way, if you lose one of your web servers, the session won't get lost.

I would consider using a shared memory solution to save traffic too
from the database server (consider a solution based on memcached??)...
I would be very careful about going back to a single machine for each 
request - due to traffic profiles (when a user makes a request there
is a "spike" of requests from the session - all these then get handled
by one machine and not load balanced)...

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