I am evaluating the ACE 4710 bridge mode for loadbalancing several services (http,ldap,smtp,pop3 and dns). The current configuration uses 2 L3 switches as the servers default gateway (using HSRP). I assume that in the bridge mode i need 1 vlan for ACE-Servers (e.g vlan 10) and 1 for ACE-Gateway (e.g vlan 20) and then bridge them. So if i get this right i need to change the current SVI on the L3 switch from int vlan 10 to int vlan 20. Is that correct? Is there a other alternative? I have heard about DSR but it does not do L7 and is not commonly used.
Also, does ACE support different ft-port for each context? The issue i have is that for each of the 2 context that i need the servers reside on 2 different switch pairs. So if one context switch fails then i will need to failover for the other context as well.
Another thing, i read that ACE supports etherchannel. Is this only for redundancy or can we use it to get 2 Gbps full bandwidth from a context?
That's all for now :)