BalanceNG is a commercial, fast, small, easy-to-use and multiplatform IP address load balancing application, that runs on the hardware of your choice, especially designed for GNU/Linux and Solaris operating systems.
Features at a glance
Key features of the BalanceNG software include VRRP (Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol) support, session persistence support, different distribution methods, as well as a customizable UDP (User Datagram Protocol) health check agent.
Among other features, BalanceNG includes a Layer 2 (Ethernet) load balancer, support for the IPv6 protocol, Direct Server Return (DSR) support, and SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) support. The software also provides several load balancing and health check methods.
Getting started with BalanceNG
Using the BalanceNG software on your GNU/Linux operating system is an easy task. All you have to do is to download the latest release from either the project’s website or via Softpedia, save the respective package on your Home directory, and unpack it or double click it (if it’s a native installer).
If you’re using a distribution of GNU/Linux that doesn’t use the DEB or RPM package management systems, make sure that you download the binary package that corresponds to your computer’s architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).
Open a Terminal app, navigate to the location where you’ve extracted the binary package (e.g. cd /home/softpedia/BalanceNG-3.584-Linux-x86_64) and run the ‘./bng’ command as root (system administrator) to view the usage message and learn how to start it, stop it, or restart it.
Runs on GNU/Linux and Solaris operating systems
As mentioned at the beginning of the review, the BalanceNG software runs on GNU/Linux and Solaris operating systems. It is currently distributed as universal pre-built binary packages, as well as native installers for DEB and RPM-based distributions of GNU/Linux. It supports 32-bit, 64-bit, and SPARC architectures.