Viability of nginx instead of hardware load balancer?
gmm at csdoc.com
Wed Sep 16 00:16:11 MSD 2009
On Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 18:19:38, David Murphy wrote:
DM> Not sure if this is possible ( as I haven't tried it)
DM> but what about building nginx on Damn Small Linux and having
DM> a boot cd or ramdisk, or even boot flash. You could literally take
DM> something like a PowerEdge 1425 or so and have a kicking minimalistic
DM> LB hardware running on nginx.
DSL - Desktop OS, linux distro for i486 with 2.4.x linux kernel,
optimized for minimal RAM usage and old computers.
no linux 2.6.x kernel - means no "epoll" at all.
therefore - DSL is totally useless for high traffic load balancer as base OS.
DM> Technically if you were so inclined, you could even write DSL and nginx
DM> to a prom chip so its 100% automated, I'm better if nginx does everything
DM> you need it would be a lot cheaper than the hardware normal route with the
DM> same if not better stability.
question was not about most cheaper "solution", but about "high traffic LB".
DM> Personally what I would do is (assuming you have ESX), run 2 VM's both
DM> running nginx on dedicated NICs. Then one your switching set up an
DM> active/active fail over to those nice ( and have the VM's on separate ESX
DM> You would then have a fully redundant LB system so if nginx on one node
DM> crashes the fail over would route all traffic to the other LB.
if, for example, crashes mainboard of esx server with these VM's -
both VM's go down. so, this is not "a fully redundant LB system".
hardware of ESX server is "single point of failure".
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