CISCO IOS Server Load Balancing

Is there a replacement for the depreciated IOS Load balancing in CISCO Routers?
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Aaron StreetInfrastructure ManagerAsked:
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
What depreciated load balancing are you referring to? ECMP?
Aaron StreetInfrastructure ManagerAuthor Commented:

#ip slb .... commands

Sorry I miss out the word "server" in the title.
Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
You're supposed to go with ACE.
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Aaron StreetInfrastructure ManagerAuthor Commented:
I know there is that, the nice thing about the on router version was it was low cost and for what I wanted, to load balance for about 10 users a redundant system purchasing ACE is a bit of an over kill. Bit like using a sledge hammer to crack walnut.  Personally if I was to go dedicated hardware i would go for the F5 route as that's what I have experience in and is very good.

Pity CISCO seem to be doing more and more of this, removing the minor features or putting them in to the more advanced licencing feature sets. IT might be good for medium to large company's who can afford the separate systems. But for the small business it was nice to have basic versions of things like Load balancing that you could use, and then as you grow expand in to there dedicated hardware.
Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
A mod could maybe do that.  But usually they tell you to delete the question and repost.

But the answer is that there is no replacement "command" or protocol on a switch or router.

The EOL notice says to install an ACE.

But that's only a solution if you have a 6500 or 7600.   And if you have a 7600, SLB is still an option.

If you've got a lower-end platform (4500, 3600, 3800, etc.), there is no replacement.  I guess the logic is that if you have a server farm, you should have a 6500 or 7600.

And yes, this is not the first time Cisco has removed a feature like this.

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Aaron StreetInfrastructure ManagerAuthor Commented:
Well I will have a spare 3745 shortly so might just install a old IOS on it and use that :)
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