Comprehensive LAN Router

The Edge platform is a fully functional Later-3 router. It has the ability to handle static routing, RIPv2, and OSPFv2. The Edge Router also support VLAN tagging for switched networks.

Managing The Local Network

XRoads Networks' EdgeXOS appliances are hybrid bridge/router systems which enable localized routing across the LAN and DMZ interfaces. Hundreds of custom routes can be added to the EdgeXOS appliance along with the ability to connect the appliance to various switches in order to manage separate VLAN traffic and shape and accelerate applications across those separate network within your organization.

Routing Protocols

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When the Edge platform is acting as the network gateway it is sometimes required to re-route traffic to other devices/routers which act as gateways for other departments, branches, etc. In these cases the administrator can setup static routes to forward data destine for the networks defined in those routes to be forwarded to the provided gateway.

The Edge platform also support dynamic routing using RIPv2 and OSPFv2. Both of these routing protocols can available via our command line interface, which is accessible via SSHv2 and the console port.

VLAN Tagging

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The Edge supports VLAN tagging for each of its interfaces, however it is recommended that only the LAN interface or a DMZ interface be used in conjunction with VLANs.

WAN ports can not be used with VLANs and still be able to test for network outages and thus can only be defined using VLAN tagging when the WAN interfaces are nailed up.

Server Load Balancing - Scaling Application Services

XRoads Networks' EdgeXOS platform allows our customers to quickly and easily improve connectivity to critical applications by spreading inbound connection requests across two or more application servers. Any TCP-based application can be balanced across up to 10 different servers. Servers are monitored in real-time for potential outages which would automaitcally bring that server out of production.

SVLB Methods

SVLB Features

  • Easy Setup
  • Round-Robin Balancing
  • Weighted Balancing
  • Session Persistance
  • Multiple ISP Support

Server Vector Load Balancing is the ability to balance connectivity across multiple WAN links and multiple servers at the same time, thus increasing throughput and reliability for inbound network sessions. By combining these features into a single appliance, the EdgeXOS platform does so at a lower overall cost and delivers a faster return on investment.

Our server load balancing techniques are designed to be simplistic, i.e. easy to configure and manage. While the EdgeXOS may not include all of the capabilities as some other server load balancing solutions, we do have capabilities not found in other solutions, including:

  • ISP Link Balancing
  • ActiveDNS Manipulation
  • WAN Redundancy / Failover
  • Built-In Traffic Shaping
  • Full Network Usage Reporting

How Does It Work

Our server load balancing solutions work by excepting inbound server requests on one or more WAN links and then balancing those requests across the various defined servers. Servers are monitored for uptime and removed automatically from the balancing algorithm if an outage is detected.

Servers are balanced in a round-robin order or can be weighted by the administrator.

Inbound connections can also be distributed across the various WAN links as needed.

Inbound connections are balanced between WAN links via our ActiveDNS technology and then load balanced across various servers based on pre-defined administrative weights.