HAProxy vs MaxScale: What are the differences?
Developers describe HAProxy as "The Reliable, High Performance TCP/HTTP Load Balancer". HAProxy (High Availability Proxy) is a free, very fast and reliable solution offering high availability, load balancing, and proxying for TCP and HTTP-based applications. On the other hand, MaxScale is detailed as "*A database proxy that extends high security *". It is a database proxy that extends the high availability, scalability, and security of MariaDB Server while at the same time simplifying application development by decoupling it from underlying database infrastructure.
HAProxy can be classified as a tool in the "Load Balancer / Reverse Proxy" category, while MaxScale is grouped under "Database Tools".
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We use HAProxy to load balance between our webservers. It balances TCP between the machines round robin and leaves everything else to Node.js, leaving the connections open with a reasonably long time to live to support WebSockets and re-use of a TCP connection for AJAX polling.
HAProxy manages internal and origin load balancing using KeepaliveD. Two small servers host the entire site, never moving about 15% load even during the largest load spikes.
We use HAProxy to balance traffic at various points in our stack, includgin nginx nodes on different physical machines, and api nodes on the backend.
I use HAproxy primarily for application routing and SSL termination. I also use its logs and statistics to visualize incoming traffic in Kibana.