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High CPU Utlization.

Hi Team,

We are currently using NSA 3600 firewall in HA as a active standby mode. From past few days we are facing High CPU utilization issue due to DATA plane reach to 90-100% because of high amount of traffic.

To reduce CPU utilization I am planning to use HA in active/active DPI mode instead of active/standby.

Will doing this reduce CPU or Data plane utlisation in some extent or data plane remains same..??

Category: Mid Range Firewalls

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    AjishlalAjishlal Community Legend ✭✭✭✭✭
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    Hi @Ninad94,

    The benefits of Active/Active Clustering include the following:

    • All the firewalls in the cluster are utilized to derive maximum throughput

    • Can run in conjunction with Active/Active DPI to perform concurrent processing of IPS, GAV, Anti-Spyware, and App Rules services, which are the most processor intensive, on the standby firewall in each HA pair while the active firewall performs other processing

    • Load sharing is supported by allowing the assignment of particular traffic flows to each node in the cluster

    • All nodes in the cluster provide redundancy for the other nodes, handling traffic as needed if other nodes go down

    • Interface redundancy provides secondary for traffic flow without requiring fail-over

    • Both Full Mesh and non-Full Mesh deployments are supported

    For more information please check below KB for the HA Setup.

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    prestonpreston Enthusiast ✭✭
    edited November 2020 Answer ✓
    @Ninad94 , just to clarify if you want to use Active/Active clustering you need another device(s) (depending on Interfaces used) which are capable of doing the load balancing unlike the Active/Active DPI deployment.

    you also need to fully license the HA appliance to use the DPI services on both appliances ( which you don't if using Active/Active DPI) you just need the expanded license on the primary appliance.
    unfortunately it can work out a lot more expensive than you first anticipated due to the extra hardware to do the loadbalancing and the additional licenses

    We have been asking for years for the Active/Active DPI to be available for the NSa 3600/3650 & the NSa 4600/4650 devices not just the NSa 5600/5650 and supermassive devices, but its never happened, not sure why as I'm sure at least the NSa 3650's and the NSa 4650's would be more than capable.


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