Chapter 4. Layer 7 Load Balancing and Content Customization

This chapter will discuss the methods and protocols involved in accomplishing a Layer 7 load-balancing solution. The reasons for and benefits of deploying persistent and customized load balancing will be explored.

TCP is the building block for Layer 7 protocols, such as the HTTP. This chapter will examine the interaction between HTTP and TCP and how client and server communication at the TCP and HTTP layers are accomplished.

Following the discussion of the TCP and HTTP, we will present a case study involving the requirement for Layer 7 load balancing from the application, security, and infrastructure perspective.

Benefits of Layer 7 Load Balancing

Load balancing for most applications can ...

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