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October 2011

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What does SSL termination on your load balancer mean for you?Firstly, let's discuss how it works. We'll assume that you currently have a load balanced group of servers operating on port 80 (standard HTTP). The load balancer manages the connections to each of your servers, and because its HTTP it's able to operate on what we call layer 7 - the application layer.This has a lot of benefits, for example it can insert cookies into requests or even send...

One of the areas we have focused on with the Snapt Squid development is helping users to understand, troubleshoot and solve connectivity problems. These can often be difficult to try down, but with Snapt Squid the tools are at your fingertips!Below are two examples of this. You can test a URL (even as a specific user) and view detailed information about it, or run a connectivity test which fetches the URL multiple times to check for periodic problems like differences...

We've had a few searches coming in for the login and password (console) for the Snapt VM images, so for those of you who skipped past the EULA and missed it you can login as "snapt" with the password "snapt", and the root password is also "snapt".The UI password is the same as the standard Snapt one, which is "admin" and "admin" as the username. By default it will be listening on port 8080 of your VM image....

Our new SSL termination plugin for HAProxy is now available! This means you can do all the SSL communication directly on your load balancer and not have to worry about it on your servers!It's available for 95 USD and you can use the coupon code "HASSL" on the shop for a 20% discount on the plugin for the next few days so don't delay!...

We're proud to announce the release of version 1.3 of Snapt HAProxy! We've introduced a heap of new configuration options, a wizard for initial setups and smoothed over the whole process of your first install.Additionally, this now supports the optional Snapt SSL Termination plugin, which allows you to offload your web servers by doing the SSL to clients on your load balancer, and sending plain text to the webservers!If you'd like more information on the plugin, feel free to...

Version 1.2 of the Snapt Framework has arrived! This is the last time you will need to download the framework again in order to update your version as it now includes automatic updating for itself as well as the plugins!Along with a host of new features and improvements, it will also support Snapt HAProxy 1.2 and Snapt SSL Termination, both of which are being release this week....

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