HAProxy vs Seesaw: 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, Seesaw is detailed as "Google Open Source Load Balancer in Go". Seesaw v2 is a Linux Virtual Server (LVS) based load balancing platform. It is capable of providing basic load balancing for servers that are on the same network, through to advanced load balancing functionality such as anycast, Direct Server Return (DSR), support for multiple VLANs and centralised configuration.
HAProxy and Seesaw can be categorized as "Load Balancer / Reverse Proxy" tools.
Seesaw is an open source tool with 4.81K GitHub stars and 460 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Seesaw's open source repository on GitHub.
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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.