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Optimizing Network Performance with Content Switching: Server, Firewall, and Cache Load Balancing
By Matthew Syme, Philip Goldie
 
Publisher : Prentice Hall PTR
Pub Date : July 02, 2003
ISBN : 0-13-101468-4
Pages : 288


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:

  • Full explanations of TCP/IP, HTTP, DNS, and other network fundamentals

  • Vendor-independent coverage of the key content switching applications--server load balancing, Web cache redirection, application redirection, firewall load balancing, and more!

  • Detailed diagrams that illustrate clearly the deployments and topologies for all applications and variations covered in the book

  • A running fictional case study that translates theory into practice, with all applications demonstrated in example implementations

  • Advanced topics including TCP/IP flows and sessions, delayed binding, URL parsing, cookie persistence, server health checking, and load balancing metrics

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.


   
  Table of Contents
 
Optimizing Network Performance with Content Switching: Server, Firewall, and Cache Load Balancing
By Matthew Syme, Philip Goldie
 
Publisher : Prentice Hall PTR
Pub Date : July 02, 2003
ISBN : 0-13-101468-4
Pages : 288


    Copyright
    Prentice Hall PTR Series in Computer Networking and Distributed Systems
    About Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
    Preface
      The Audience and Purpose of This Book
      Case Studies
      Explanation of Artwork
      About the Technical Reviewers
      Acknowledgments
      Summary
    Chapter 1.  Introduction to Content Switching
      The Evolution of Layer 2 and Layer 3 Networks
      Summary
    Chapter 2.  Understanding Layer 2, 3, and 4 Protocols
      The OSI Seven Layer ModelWhat 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
    Chapter 3.  Understanding Application Layer Protocols
      HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
      File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
      Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP)
      Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
      Summary
    Chapter 4.  The Concepts of Content Switching
      Virtual Services and Application Redirection
      Resources and Real Servers
      Frames, Packets, and Sessions
      Deep Packet Inspection
      Summary
    Chapter 5.  Basic Server Load Balancing
      Why Load Balance Servers?
      Topologies of Server Load Balancing
      Layer 4 Load Balancing Metrics
      Server Health Checking
      Summary
    Chapter 6.  Content-Aware 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 7
      Load Balancing RTSP Streaming Media
      Summary
      Case Study: Content-Aware Server Load Balancing
    Chapter 7.  Persistence, Security, and the Internet
      Internet Service ProvidersProxying and Traffic Volumes
      IP Address Hashing
      Cookie-Based Persistence
      SSL
      Summary
      Case Study: Persistence
    Chapter 8.  Application Redirection
      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
    Chapter 9.  Firewall and VPN Load Balancing
      Why Load Balance Firewalls and VPN Switches?
      Firewall Overview
      Deploying Firewall Load Balancing
      Policy-Based Firewall Load Balancing
      VPN and MAC Persistence
      Summary
    Chapter 10.  The Architecture of a Content Switch
      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