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Installing A High Availability Web Server Cluster On Ubuntu 12.10 Using HAProxy, HeartBeat And Lampp

05/11/2015 Comments off

What is the main objective of this entire topology?

high availability web server clusterRedundancy and Load Sharing! Imagine a scenario where your single web server is receiving millions and millions of HTTP requests per second, the CPU load is going insane, as well as the memory usage, when suddenly “crash!”, the server dies without saying good-bye (probably because of some weird hardware out-stage that you certainly won’t have time to debug). Well, this simple scheme might lead you into a brand new world of possibilities

What is this going to solve?

Hardware Failures! We are going to have redundant hardware all over the place, if one goes down, another one will be immediately ready for taking its place. Also, by using load sharing schemes, this is going to solve our High Usage! issue. Balancing the load among every server on our “farm” will reduce the amount of HTTP request per server (but you already figured that out, right?).
Let’s set it up! Firstly, we’re not going to use a domain scheme (let’s keep it simple), make sure your /etc/hosts file looks exactly like the picture below on every machine:
#vi /etc/hosts
192.168.0.241   haproxy
192.168.0.39 Node1
192.168.0.30 Node2
192.168.223.147 Node1
192.168.223.148 Node2
192.168.0.58 Web1
192.168.0.139 Web2
192.168.0.132 Mysql

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Installing a high availability web server cluster on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS using HAProxy, HeartBeat and Nginx

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How to set-up a high-availability cluster

Here are a few notes about how to set-up a high-availability web server farm using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS using a whole load of awesome software (HAProxy, HeartBeat, Watchdog and Nginx)

The setup

In my setup I have five virtual machines, these are named and used for the following:-

haproxy1 – Our first proxy (master)/load-balancer (running HAProxy, HeartBeat and Watchdog) [IP address: 172.25.87.190]
haproxy2 – Our second proxy (failover)/load-balancer (running HAProxy, HeartBeat and Watchdog) [IP address: 172.25.87.191]
web1 – Our first web server node (running nginx) [IP address: 172.25.87.192]
web2 – Our second web server node (running nginx) [IP address: 172.25.87.193]
web3 – Our third web server node (running nginx) [IP address: 172.25.87.194]

The servers are connected in the following way:-

thesetup

In my next post I will also explain how to configure the web servers to point to a backend shared storage cluster (using NFS) and a MySQL cluster server to have a truly highly available web hosting platform.

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