Barracuda Link Balancer firmware 2.0 provides organizations with high availability for increased business continuity. With this release, administrators can cluster two Barracuda Link Balancers together to work as an active-passive pair. The passive device will take over and handle all traffic upon failure of the active device. High availability is easy to set up with the Barracuda Link Balancer’s Web interface. Administrators simply point the secondary Barracuda Link Balancer to the primary Barracuda Link Balancer’s management IP address and configurations are automatically synchronized.
High availability deployment is based on the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP), a protocol for switching to a backup router in the case of a failure, with the clustered routers sharing a virtual IP address. Similarly, two or more link balancers can be set up in a VRRP scenario, with one being elected the “master.” The master device continuously sends information packets to the backup, and if the information stops, the backup device then becomes the master.
With the addition of high availability the Barracuda Link Balancer offers organizations the best price, performance and most comprehensive feature set for enterprise-class business continuity.
Barracuda Link Balancer firmware release 2.0 is now available on models 330 and 430 for current and future customers at no additional charge. The Barracuda Link Balancer is available in three models and U.S. pricing starts at $1,499 with no per port charges or per server licensing fees. International pricing and availability varies based on region. For more information, please visit www.barracuda.com/link.