SSL acceleration for a web farm

Peter Mueller pmueller at sidestep.com
Wed Aug 17 23:30:20 BST 2005


> > Why are you worrying about offloading it?  I would just buy 
> some boxes 
> > with faster CPU's if speed is a concern.  The time it takes to ship 
> > the data back and forth over the bus to the SSL accelerator your
> > processor
> > probably could have taken care of it.  Especially if the algorithm  
> > uses
> > all the bell and whistle features todays CPUs have.
> 
> I was wondering the same thing - they call it a Random Array of  
> Inexpensive Computers (RAIC) for a reason don't they? I use LVS for  
> two reasons:

If Ryan's traffic is primarily SSL then using a few hardware accelerators
makes a lot of sense.  If it is a normal mix of port 80 and 443 then it
probably does not.  Having done some tests in the past I can tell you for a
certainty that SSL accelerators can be very cost effective in the right
situation.

Regards,

P


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