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Essential Linux® Administration: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners by Serge Palladino, Chuck Easttom

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Chapter 22. Load Balancing

Load balancing is a hot topic—not just for Linux administrators but also for all network administrators. Load balancing is basically just dividing up the load between two or more servers. This is done for several reasons. The most common reason is to make more efficient use of resources. One server can become overburdened with the demands placed on it. Spreading this load to multiple servers will improve performance. Load balancing is also done as a failsafe method. If the workload is divided between multiple servers, the failure of one server will not prevent users from continuing to utilize the service.

While load balancing can be implemented with any type of server, it is very common with Web servers and database servers. ...

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