We're currently using HAproxy to load balance our image and application servers, but we haven't setup failover. We currently just have haproxy on one of the image boxes which then routes the requests where they need to go. Now, next week we are moving to our new colo (14 servers, it's time to stop leasing hardware).
We have 5 front end application servers. is it possible for me to put haproxy on two of those boxes, have a shared ip for failover, and simply move apache to port 9000 or some other arbitrary port? We're already at our budget for the colo for the next couple months, so I would like to avoid having two dedicated boxes for JUST HAproxy if we can avoid it.
The 5 application servers house apache and sphinx. The application servers them communicate with our mysql servers and our growing cassandra cluster.