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Load Balancing MetricsMRTG is an extremely useful tool that combines data collection with graphical trending. In its simplest configuration, you can graph the bandwidth in and out of any SNMP enabled network device. This includes, but is not limited to, servers, routers, and switches. With some modification you can also graph other statistics, including those of a load balancing device. I've compiled various OIDs and MRTG configuration files for a variety of load balancers, including Alteon, ArrowPoint, and F5. Depending on the load balancer vndoer, with MRTG and the correct configuration, you can graph the following:
I'm working on gathering metrics for even more vendors.
Here is an example of what MRTG configured for load balancers can do. This is a graph showing connections per second, such as HTTP hits.
[Max con/s: 215.0 connections/s ] [Average con/s: 172.0 connections/s ] [Current con/s: 173.0 connections/s ]
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