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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a VPS as a load balancer?

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A few advantages:

  • cheap or free depending on your current setup
  • familiar operating system so managing/monitoring will come fairly easy
  • performance can be decent for moderate load levels
  • leverages existing virtualization environment, and any HA therein

A few disadvantages:

  • likely no commercial support
  • for high-load environments, VPSes won't hold a candle to "real" hardware-based load balancers
  • VPSes will be less stable than hardware load balancers
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