Loadbalancer & URL redirect in high performance web environment

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Dear ladies and gentlemen,

At this moment we considering the introduction of two dedicated image
servers in our web tier. Seen the fact that we have some problems adjusting
our CMS and application tier to the new infrastructure (without any major
migration) the only remaining option is to introduce an URL redirect on our
Alteon LB's (redundant load balancing). Technically it should be possible to
redirect *gif content to the image servers (or
http://www.whatever.com/images /...) and all other traffic to the regular
webservers. But how does a hardware LB perform under high load? This new web
tier should actually improve the performance of our website

Your comments and suggestions are very much appreciated.

With kind regards,

Fred Janssen

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