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General Questions

BalanceNG and Balance are both from the same company. Besides of that there’s no further relationship between Balance and BalanceNG. BalanceNG is a complete Layer2/Ethernet based load balancer for Linux, whereas Balance is a TCP only proxy tool with load balancing capabilities. BalanceNG and Balance do not share code since the design approaches differ substantially. Anyway, the Balance project will be continued as before (see

No, we don’t offer our own Web GUI and we would like to keep it like that. However, we encourage and support interested users and partners to build their own. Just contact us to get some helpful recommendations and hints.

  • BalanceNG is available for multiple different operating system platforms.
  • BalanceNG uses industry standard VRRP protocols to establish HA.
  • BalanceNG offers the bngagent feedback based load balancing, LVS needs an additional addon component to be configured (feedbackd).
  • BalanceNG installation and setup is reported to be much easier and quicker.
  • There’s no Linux kernel patching or kernel rebuilding necessary, which saves a lot of time and trouble.

We recommend to setup a DSR configuration (direct server return), there are two setup examples available: Direct Server Return Example (Single Legged) and the HA setup example Direct Server Return Example with Two Single Legged Nodes and VRRP-HA .

We are in progress to properly link this FAQ to existing content, so you may also have a look at the BalanceNG Knowledge Base and/or use the search functionality on the left.