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February 2010

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We're happy to announce that next week we will be giving our first external beta tester a full version of the Snapt Framework and Snapt HAProxy products. Soon after that we will ramp up our beta testing to other interested parties; if you want to be a part of it please feel free to contact us through the website and we will get back to you. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our release list to be notified when it is...

It is critical to be able to see exactly what is going on at any point in time in a high availability environment, and one of the ways Snapt presents this data for HAProxy is with live graphing. This allows you to sit back and watch the throughput and the sessions your HAProxy groups are doing - as it happens!Above is an example of the live traffic to our group "HTTP-Farm". When monitoring or diagnosing a problem a live graph...

We've been getting a good number of subscriptions to the release notification list, and a lot of users on the blog. To that end, we have enabled comments on the blog for any visitors who have questions or feedback - feel free to use the system to ask us anything in specific, otherwise you can always subscribe to the forum.Thanks for all your support!...

Snapt has been built from the ground up with translation in mind, and we intend to support many languages. Naturally, our first release only officially supports English but already comes with German menus as a beta example.Selecting a language is very easy as you can see above, and is done in the initial Snapt Setup. Any strings that are available in the language you choose are then displayed using that language, and any missing strings are displayed in English,...

Snapt aims to make performing routine tasks as simple as possible and adding groups and servers to your HAProxy setup might just be one of them.Groups are a simplified way of looking at the "listening" parameters in HAProxy and within each group you would find the servers that you are load balancing. The process of adding these groups and servers is made easy by using a step based approach. The first thing to do would be configuring the parameters...

One of the features packaged in the Snapt Framework is the "Interception Manager". This provides plugins to the framework such as Snapt Squid or Snapt HAProxy to transparently intercept traffic.In the Squid example, it makes it easy to pick up HTTP (port 80) traffic and cache it without interfering with user configuration, or with HAProxy you can roll out load balancing without changing IP addresses and the like. Typically, this can get confusing and complicated - so we introduced...

One of the features available in the Snapt Framework (included with any Snapt product) is the ability to send alerts via twitter - aka to tweet alerts. This is an interesting concept, and actually a great way (for internet crowds) to keep people up to date with any status updates.Twitter allows you to set your account to "private" which means only followers that you approve can see your status updates. This lets you and your staff follow a single...

The Snapt HAProxy front-end automatically logs throughput, sessions, queues, errors and much more to it's reporting database enabling advanced load reporting, such as the example below.What you are seeing here is a look at our HTTP-Farm load balance group, which has two servers (web03 and web04) inside of it. This report (the throughput report) shows a breakdown of sessions, queues and traffic. This type of report enables you to see traffic distribution across the group; find out if any servers...

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