Thursday, August 28, 2014

An Introduction to HAProxy and Load Balancing Concepts

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HAProxy, which stands for High Availability Proxy, is a popular open source software TCP/HTTP Load Balancer and proxying solution which can be run on Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD. Its most common use is to improve the performance and reliability of a server environment by distributing the workload across multiple servers (e.g. web, application, database). It is used in many high-profile environments, including: GitHub, Imgur, Instagram, and Twitter.

In this guide, we will provide a general overview of what HAProxy is, basic load-balancing terminology, and examples of how it might be used to improve the performance and reliability of your own server environment.

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