Optimizing Network Performance with Content Switching: Server, Firewall and Cache Load Balancing

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Content switching technology optimizes resource allocation across networks and over the Internet, and is fast becoming a standard in enterprise and ISP networks. Optimizing Network Performance with Content Switching: Server, Firewall, and Cache Load Balancing, by topic experts Matthew Syme and Philip Goldie, provides detailed, example-rich coverage of the field, with material suited for both technical and nontechnical personnel.

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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.

About the Author:

MATTHEW SYME is a product specialist for the Alteon portfolio of Nortel Networks. After exposure to content switching in early 2000 he joined Alteon WebSystems. Matthew has over a decade of experience in networking, working on major infrastructure projects in South Africa, United Kingdom and Australia.

PHILIP GOLDIE is a Product Specialist for the Alteon portfolio within Nortel Networks. Previously, he was a systems engineer for Alteon WebSystems, one of the pioneers of content switching. In nearly a decade working in the networking industry, Philip has been a customer, a reseller, and a vendor.

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