Cisco CSS 11501

Posted on 2007-10-19
Last Modified: 2013-11-30

I hav been given the task of researching a good and reliable way of load balancing our webservers. I am just after some reviews of this switch from any experianced users.

this is all new for me and appreciate any suggestions and comments on this switch. for the moment it is only going to support 2 maybe 3 webservers

Question by:Network_Data_Support
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    The Cisco CSS 11501 is EOS (end of sales) and going EOL (end of life) soon which means cisco will no longer be providing support for it.  You may want to look for alternatives to the CSS.

    You may want to look at loadbalancers from F5 Networks or Coyote Point.  F5 is the leader in loadbalancing but for simple webserver loadbalancing Coyote Point offers a inexpensive solution.

    F5 Networks LTM Load Balancer

    Coyote Point E250si Load Balancer
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    cheers Cloz i was looking at just load balancers after i posted this and found the barracuder load balancer have yo any experiance with that?

    thanks for your recomendations
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    I haven't sorry, but from the reviews it seems to be a solid entry level load balancer if you dont need SSL off-loading, compression or content proxying.

    You should sit down with the stake holders and make a list of immediate requirements and a list of future requirements before making a choice.  If you dont need SSL or compression then the barracuda should be ok.  
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    Author Comment

    thanks again for your valid points much appreciated

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