I have 2 ACE 4710 appliances that I will be load balancing. I am currently trying to decide between deploying them in Layer 2 Bridge Mode or Layer 3 Routed Mode. I will have my various security zones broken down into virtual contexts and the vlans trunked into one physical interface that is provisioned for that context.
Can anyone provide any benefits/drawbacks to one design versus the other? I'm going to be load balancing mostly web applications and I have servers already deployed in dns round robin load balancing. I think that with the Layer 2 design I can keep the same IP's I have now on the servers and not cause any changes for the Server Admin Team / Developers.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.