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Old 06-12-2006, 11:10 AM   #1
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Question Load balancing for a web site

I have a growing website that needs to move from its current single-server setup to using a cluster of servers to deliver its dynamic pages.

My current host does not support load balancing among its servers, so I'm left to configure that on my own. Round-rovin DNS doesn't work for me as I'll need certain http requests to always go to the central server (the one with the master database).

My distro is Redhat 9, and I only access the server remotely through SSH. I'm using Apache 2 (and PHP and Mysql).

Any ideas on the simplest way to do this?
I've read a bit about LVS ( but it seems to require a kernel recompile, which is way beyond the things I would dare to try...

Thanks a lot.
Old 06-12-2006, 12:11 PM   #2
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If you have the configuration file used to make your current kernel (which you should), then recompiling the kernel would be very easy. If you think this would be the best solution for you but are afraid of the recompiling, then myy advice to you is to get over it. You won't have to compile from scratch since most of your configuration is already set.

Are you going to host this site yourself or are you going to use a hosting company. I am unsure what you mean by "my current host." If you are going to host yourself and are willing to make a good investment (in case your website keeps growing), you should look into hardware load balancing like BigIP. I know its very expensive, but software load balancing is very inefficient and unreliable.

Of course there is always the simple Linux clustering: MOSIX.

Good Luck,
Old 06-12-2006, 04:29 PM   #3
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No, I'm not hosting the servers myself, I'm using a hosting company, so the hardware option is not feasible (and my budget is not very high either).

About recompiling the kernel being easy, my experience is that trying to compile even the commonest software (Apache, or php) has been a real nightmare for me (see my other messages here...).

MOSIX doesn't seem suited to my needs, it is aimed at sharing resources for computational intensive tasks...

Any other options?


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