HAProxy (High Availability Proxy) is an open source software that serves as a load balancer and proxy server for TCP and HTTP-based applications. It is used to improve performance and reliability of server environments by distributing loads across multiple servers (Web, applications, databases, etc.).
It supports highly complex infrastructures and is the preferred solution for several popular websites with heavy traffic.
With unlimited capabilities, it can serve data centers with hundreds of thousands of simultaneous users (online stores, banks, etc.) and handle millions of requests per second.
HAProxy has many built-in security features to protect applications from malware, bots, attacks on HTTP, SSL, DoS, etc., as well as a WAF (Web Application Firewall).
Especially in dynamic microservices environments that have now become the norm for modern applications, the challenges that need to be addressed are unique. What is needed now is an effective, yet highly efficient, application delivery controller. HAProxy is the predominant application delivery solution for some of the world's largest and most complex microservices architectures. Its clientele features some of the most powerful brands worldwide, such as Booking, Netflix, Twitter etc.
In short, when an application delivery controller solution is required, HAProxy is the best option.
In addition, HAProxy is the optimal automation solution for a disaster recovery plan. On several occasions, manual traffic switching from one data center to another requires hours or even days, which is unacceptable for infrastructures with heavy traffic and highly sensitive data (e.g., banks). HAProxy can automatically direct the workload, thus eliminating downtime.
HAProxy Enterprise by Infinitum
Infinitum offers the HAProxy Enterprise package, which includes deployment, access to zero-day patches, and support services. It is worth noting that the 24/7 second level support is located in Europe, which means there are no delays due to time difference and, at the same time, ensures that the customer will be able to resolve any issues promptly, even if they need to go to the second level of support.
HAProxy is available either as a software, or as a physical or virtual appliance (in the Amazon cloud and soon in Azure). Depending on your requirements, Infinitum will choose the right solution for deploying HAProxy to your infrastructure. HAProxy is available in various versions, for every use and workload, covering the needs of small businesses to large organizations.
Having no limitations on its operation, and based on the volume of transactions and requests it is able to cover, HAProxy is the ideal choice (if not the only choice) for markets such as:
- Retail (physical and electronic stores)
- Video/audio streaming services, and so on.