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Local Director QUestion

I have inherited a whacky poorly designed network.  Without the budget to fix it at this time.  Basically, we have a couple cabinets of servers running web servers, database servers, storage, video encoders, and email.  The servers are all configured with PUBLIC IP's and each system has software firewalling.  Our uplink to the datacenter is via a switch that all the servers are connected to.  We now want to add some load balancing and our ISP has Local Directors.  For a number of reasons I can't change the servers to have private IP's.  So the question is can I connect the Local director to the same switch and the uplink to the datacenter's uplink.  I know this will pass all my traffic through the load balancer but it should just pass it through right?  It only cares about the servers it is configured to load balance.  

Is there a better way to do it given the restrictions I have to work with?
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fredimac
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raymondzwartsCommented:
Yes the local dorector has a bridging mode which will allow you to access the servers directly and through a newly assigned load balanced IP (VIP). This can be all public and even in the same subnet...

Just be sure there is only one path from and to the internet for the servers (so all traffic will go through the LocalDirector).

Raymond Zwarts
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fredimacAuthor Commented:
Thanks for confirming this -  do you know if they make a gigabit interface for the Local Director. I can't find  any.  We're pushing video so we need fast connection.
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raymondzwartsCommented:
They stopped a long time a go... The next solution in load balancing is the CSS (former ArrowPoint).
You will not find any gig interfaces.

Although the nics in the loadbalancer are just plain PCI cards you might try one... we replaced one with a 3com a long time ago and it worked without a problem.... but no guarantees ;)

If you really need a fast load balancer: go for a new product like Big-IP or Cisco CSS.

Raymond
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