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Based on this question: http://serverfault.com/questions/124905/widely-used-load-balancing-solutions, LVS may be the right solution for my problem.

But when I went to its homepage http://www.linuxvirtualserver.org/, I found that LVS has been updated since Nov, 2008. The world's moving fast, and I don't know if LVS was obsolete or not.

Is LVS standing still, or there're some better solutions to replace it?

Thank you so much.

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It looks from the web site like a new version of the ipvsadm management tool was released Feb 2011. The actual LVS implementation is in the Linux kernel though and is currently maintained. –  mtinberg Jun 24 '11 at 22:39

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I use it currently in a highly available production environment serving numerous public users. I swear by it and would encourage you to give it a try.

With that said, there are alternatives depending on your application and preference. These include:

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It may be a bug that I can't vote up this answer! –  Vimvq1987 Mar 31 '10 at 8:15

We use components of the LVS for high availability solutions (specifically, keepalived to float virtual IPs from server to server as required).

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Yes - it is old. But: It is stable.

We use it in conjunction with another "old" add-on: lvs-kiss. That one seems to be pretty "dead" too.

The best about lvs is that it is fast. This is because it works on layer 2/3 - which is also its greatest drawback. It has no idea what a http-session is.

Tomcat does - you can put lvs in front of any service - if each of the servers providing that service does share its session information with the other servers you will have a pretty good combination.

The only drawback of LVS is IMHO the fixed time setting for replicating (ip-)session informatation to a slave lvs-server.

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