Hardware Firewall/Router that allows IP forwading rules to multiple web servers? Failover?

Posted on 2007-07-29
Last Modified: 2013-11-16
I have a number of web servers running on port 80 at a collocation facility. They all have static IP's. I want to purchase a firewall that will allow me to "route" the traffic to each server. Most small firewall routers I am use to seeing only allow you to port forward one port (80) to one internal IP.  I need a hardware firewall that will send request to multiple different servers.  So for example.. --->>  |FIREWALL| ---> -->> |FIREWALL| --->

Also, I would love to have the ability to have the "firewall" detect if  a web server is down and fail over/load balance to another web server.  Example --->> |FIREWALL| --->     (primary web server)
                                                           | ------->>  (backup web server)                            

 I have looked at the specs for the Cisco 506 and I am not sure that it will do this. Plus, Cisco stop supporting this device this year. Is there a better cheaper alternative?

Thanks in advance!

Mike Dross
Question by:mdw9604
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    Expert Comment

    Yes Cisco's next generation firewalls are there, Cisco 506 replacement is ASA 5505, it would do the job what you want.

    As well, Juniper's firewalls can do the same (


    Author Comment

    Which would be the least expensive solution? Would you pick CISCO or Juniper?

    Thanks so much,


    Author Comment

    Also, with the 5505 allow me to load balance between two web servers?


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    Accepted Solution

    I'm not sure if it would allow you to do that, but if you're using clustering services on web server end then I guess you could.


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