Synposis: True high availability load balancing traditionally involves specialized, expensive hardware and software. However, you can build advanced, high availability configurations without a single point of failure using nothing but open source tools and commodity hardware. This talk will include a discussion of several tools, configurations, and advantages and disadvantages thereof. All tools involved are 100% free and open source. As a bonus topic, Simon will tell you how to use open source load balancing tools to IPv6-enable your IPv4-only infrastructure with minimal risk, time and hassle.
About the Speaker: Simon Karpen is the system architect / wearer of many hats for VoiceThread, which provides a very powerful rich media asynchronous collaboration platform. He has also worked for the Shodor Education Foundation in the past, and is a current NCSU MBA student (class of May, 2011). Simon is a member of the NC*SA Steering Committee.
UPDATE: Slides for this presentation can be accessed at: http://www.trilug.org/media/trilug-HA_Load_Balancing-mtg-2011-03-10.pdf (PDF) http://www.trilug.org/media/trilug-HA_Load_Balancing-mtg-2011-03-10.pptx (Powerpoint)