Enrich the user experience while keeping control of your network
Networking professionals: At last, comprehensive coverage of content switching technology is in your hands! Optimizing Network Performance with Content Switching: Server, Firewall, and Cache Load Balancing, by topic experts Matthew Syme and Philip Goldie, provides sharp insights into this wide-ranging, rapidly changing technology. You'll learn the concepts, the background, and the architectures of content switching, as well as how it works and where and why it should be deployed to maximize the performance of your networks and servers. Fueled by increasing bandwidth and ever-richer content, this technology is fast becoming a standard in enterprise and ISP networks. Inside you'll find:
The advanced topics in Optimizing Network Performance with Content Switching are tailored for engineers with layer 2 and layer 3 experience looking for a comprehensive explanation of the inner workings of content switching. This book is also ideal for managers, application developers, security administrators, sales people, and other professionals who require a firm understanding of the basics of the technology.
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1. Introduction to Content Switching.
The Evolution of Layer 2 and Layer 3 Networks. Summary.
The OSI Seven Layer Model—What Is a Layer? Switching at Different Layers. Understanding Layer 4 Protocols. Transport Control Protocol (TCP). User Datagram Protocol (UDP). Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP). Summary.
HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP). File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP). Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Summary.
Virtual Services and Application Redirection. Resources and Real Servers. Frames, Packets, and Sessions. Deep Packet Inspection. Summary.
Why Load Balance Servers? Topologies of Server Load Balancing. Layer 4 Load Balancing Metrics. Server Health Checking. Summary. Case Study Layer-4 Server Load Balancing.
What Is Layer 7 Server Load Balancing? Why Use Layer 7 Server Load Balancing? Dealing with Layer 7 Traffic. HTTP URL Parsing and Load Balancing. HTTP Header Load Balancing. HTTP Cookie Load Balancing. Load Balancing FTP. Load Balancing DNS at Layer. Load Balancing RTSP Streaming Media. Summary. Case Study: Content-Aware Server Load Balancing.
Internet Service Providers—Proxying and Traffic Volumes. IP Address Hashing. Cookie-Based Persistence. SSL. Summary. Case Study: Persistence.
The Requirement for Application Redirection. VIP-Based SLB vs Application Redirection. Web Cache Redirection (WCR). WCR. Security Redirection. Router/Link Load Balancing. Summary. Case Study: Application Redirection.
Why Load Balance Firewalls and VPN Switches? Firewall Overview. Deploying Firewall Load Balancing. Policy-Based Firewall Load Balancing. VPN and MAC Persistence. Summary. Case Study: Firewall and VPN Load Balancing.
Typical Layer 2 and Layer 3 Architecture Considerations. Why Content Switching Is Different. What Makes a Good Content Switch? Different Approaches. Where to Next? Associated Hardware. Summary.
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