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SYSLOG loadbalancing using ACE

Dear,

I want to use the ACE blade in CAT6500 to loadbalancing SYSLOG events towards (SIEM) collectors.

Servers and network devices will sent there syslog messages to different collectors after being loadbalanced by ACE.

I was just wondering, since a lot of clients are going to sent there complete syslog events to the VIP and thus introducing a high connection rate.

(+/- 200.000 CPS)

According to the specs, the ACE blade has a limitation of 325.000 connection per second. I suppose this is a limitation at device level. (not on a per context basis, and does that include both TCP and UDP packets?)

Could the UDP BOOST feature might come in handy allowing very high rate UDP syslog packet loadbalancing?

Thanks for your feedback,

Kind regards,

Wim

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SYSLOG loadbalancing using ACE

Hello Wim!

Excellent questions.

UDP Boost should help at least a bit, UDP Fast Age will not help.  Anything that you can do to mitigate extra checks (i.e. not doing source nat) will help push things through at a faster rate because the packets will need to make the least amount of checks internally.  UDP Boost changes how we do the loadbalancing once a tuple is created in memory for the first packet in the flow.  As well, depending on the ip addresses and port numbers being used, you may need CDE same port hash configured. 

The other thing to think about is what is considered a unique connection.  ACE has different limits, like new connection setup/second, a total amount of connections that can exist at one time, etc.  If you are pushing 325k new cps, then you are going to want to timeout connections relatively quickly or you will fill your total number of connections the box can handle in seconds.  If you are just pushing 325pps through existing connections, that is not as much of a problem. 

Information on UDP Boost:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/interfaces_modules/services_modules/ace/vA5_1_0/configuration/slb/guide/classlb.html#wp1281598http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/interfaces_modules/services_modules/ace/vA5_1_0/configuration/slb/guide/classlb.html#wp1281598

Information on UDP Fast-Age:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/interfaces_modules/services_modules/ace/vA5_1_0/configuration/slb/guide/classlb.html#wp1157547

Regards,

Chris Higgins

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SYSLOG loadbalancing using ACE

Hello Wim!

Excellent questions.

UDP Boost should help at least a bit, UDP Fast Age will not help.  Anything that you can do to mitigate extra checks (i.e. not doing source nat) will help push things through at a faster rate because the packets will need to make the least amount of checks internally.  UDP Boost changes how we do the loadbalancing once a tuple is created in memory for the first packet in the flow.  As well, depending on the ip addresses and port numbers being used, you may need CDE same port hash configured. 

The other thing to think about is what is considered a unique connection.  ACE has different limits, like new connection setup/second, a total amount of connections that can exist at one time, etc.  If you are pushing 325k new cps, then you are going to want to timeout connections relatively quickly or you will fill your total number of connections the box can handle in seconds.  If you are just pushing 325pps through existing connections, that is not as much of a problem. 

Information on UDP Boost:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/interfaces_modules/services_modules/ace/vA5_1_0/configuration/slb/guide/classlb.html#wp1281598http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/interfaces_modules/services_modules/ace/vA5_1_0/configuration/slb/guide/classlb.html#wp1281598

Information on UDP Fast-Age:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/interfaces_modules/services_modules/ace/vA5_1_0/configuration/slb/guide/classlb.html#wp1157547

Regards,

Chris Higgins

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SYSLOG loadbalancing using ACE

Hi Chris,

Thank you for your valuable feedback. especially related to the UDP boost information.

Kind regards,

Wim

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