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Jared Bates
Real User
System Administrator at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 29 2018

What is most valuable?

The ease of use of the configuration, and great documentation, are the most valuable features for us. The VRRP... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I estimate that this product has saved our company hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in possible downtime from... more»

What needs improvement?

The only area that I can see needing improvement is the management interface, since it is pretty much all through the... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

The price is well worth it. HAProxy Enterprise Edition paid for itself within months, simply due to the resiliency it... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used Coyote Point load balancers, and then switched to Fortinet’s Application Delivery Controller, due to... more»

What other advice do I have??

I would rate this product a nine out of 10. I only took off one point because of the lack of a GUI, although in this... more»
Thomas Pike
Real User
ICT Manager at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
Sep 01 2017

What is most valuable?

Carers ACT operates a Skype for Business based call centre, which requires the use of a load balancer and reverse proxy for HTTP traffic for the front-end pools. HAProxy is able to fulfill both of these requirements. In addition to these... more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the core services that Carers ACT provides carers within the ACT region is both an advisory and respite support telephone service. Carers use this service to be connected to services, access both advice and support, as well as... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Yes. As a non-profit charitable organisation, Carers ACT aims to reduce costs where possible to enable finances to be redirected to services for clients as far as possible. A reduction in overhead allows for an increase in value for our... more»
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ShawnBrito
Real User
Senior Systems Architect at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Apr 29 2018

What is most valuable?

The most important features would be the load-balancing of HTTP and TCP requests, according to multiple LB algorithms (busyness, weighted-busyness, round robin, traffic, etc).... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As our traffic began increasing nine years ago, we desperately needed to load-balance TCP requests (for DBs). We originally used round robin on an array[] which stored the IPs of... more»

What needs improvement?

The web stats UI, which provides the status of the health and numbers, could greatly benefit from having a RESTful interface to control the load-balanced nodes. Although there is a... more»

What other advice do I have??

I have used it for over 10 years. I started using it as a Web application (Tomcat, Apache, JBoss) load-balancer when it had a few stable releases. When I first start using it,... more»
Alex Davies
Real User
Production Engineering at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Jul 21 2017

What is most valuable?

The heavily tuned full stack (NIC, kernel, and user space) produces excellent performance. Their support is available... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have been able to achieve extremely high performance load balancing in a short amount of time. As an example, using... more»

What needs improvement?

The GUI is clunky and the on-board metric viewing solution is poor. We ship metrics off the appliance to InfluxDB... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

Compared to the others in the market, such as Citrix and F5, the cost per performance for Aloha appliances is extremely... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We have moved all of our basic load balancing onto these devices. We previously used Citrix NetScalers, which were... more»

What other advice do I have??

Go for it. These systems are exceptional.
Haim Ari
Real User
SysOps Manager at a marketing services firm with 51-200 employees
Dec 12 2017

What is most valuable?

* Reliability. HAProxy is the most reliable product I have ever used. * It is stable. Period. Will not fail unless you... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In some environments we are handling millions of requests per minute in a high-availability HAProxy cluster. I don't... more»

What needs improvement?

HAProxy running in multiple cores, for example one for HTTP and another for HTTPS, requires the use of "nbproc". So if... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

There is no pricing for HAProxy. There are other HAProxy paid products but we haven't used them so far.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I used appliances such as Alteon which are not as good and do not support all the features required in our environment.

What other advice do I have??

* Use the best hardware you can (CPU and memory). * Don't log files locally, if possible. * Use multi process only if... more»
François Guillier
Real User
Expert Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 06 2018

What is most valuable?

The anti-DDOS PacketShield filtering solution (embedded in the physical appliances) as well as the BGP route injection... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It makes the hosting on multiple platforms/datacenters very easy, without having to worry about the high availability... more»

What needs improvement?

The basic clustering is not usable in our very specific setup. The clustering is mainly a configuration replication and... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

Very good value for the money. One of the simplest licensing schemes in this category of products. Test/lab virtual... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We used something else a long time ago. The old solution wasn't addressing our needs.

What other advice do I have??

Play a lot with the VM version. The product is powerful but some features are a bit hidden (read the HAProxy docs).
Mikolaj Niedbala
Consultant
Deployment Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 03 2018

What is most valuable?

Advanced traffic rules, including stick tables and ACLs, which allow me to shape traffic while it's load balanced. Performance configuration... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I can simplify configurations of many internal services (e.g. Web server configs) by moving some elements (like SSL) to HAProxy. I can also... more»

What needs improvement?

In my opinion, there are three main areas to improve: * Make remote management more modern by adding API. * Propose a general HA solution for... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I used NGINX in my Web environment. HAProxy has more traffic shaping options and it's a dedicated VNF load-balancer.

What other advice do I have??

During the implementation, you have to plan ACLs and back-ends first. That allows you to prepare a cleaner config. I rate HAProxy a 10 out of... more»
Software5e4d
Consultant
Software Engineering Lead at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 31 2018

What is most valuable?

Performance and SSL proxy/offloading capability. Compared to nginx it’s a lot cleaner and quicker.

How has it helped my organization?

Software defined load balancing allows us to dynamically adjust and codify routing decisions. This speeds up development.

What needs improvement?

Dynamic update API. More things should be possible to be configured during runtime. We would like to see dynamic ACL and port update support.... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We did use hardware loadbalancing, and still use nginx for some Layer 7 routing challenges. We switched because software defined loadbalancing... more»

What other advice do I have??

Use it for some small, non-critical systems first, get comfy with the stats, and then scale out. Codify your configuration and keep it as simple... more»
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HAProxy is the most widely used software load balancer and application delivery controller in the world. The core HAProxy application delivery engine is an open source project chiefly maintained by HAProxy Technologies and assisted by a thriving open source community. HAProxy Community Edition is available for free at haproxy.org. HAProxy Enterprise Edition is packaged with additional enterprise class features, services and premium support from HAProxy Technologies.

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