Equalizer OS Features

Equalizer OS Features
Taking enterprise-grade server load balancing to the next level


Coyote Point's EQ/OS 10 is the foundation for all of our Application Delivery solutions from hardware-based appliances to software solutions like VLB Advanced and Envoy.

Network Products Guide chose the E650GX with EQ/OS 10 as the Best Products winner for Application Delivery in 2012 for its ease of use, features and throughputs.

Reliable and robust load balancing and application delivery

At its heart, the Equalizer is a tried-and-true load balancer that can support almost any web-based application. From simple L4 TCP and UDP to advanced L7 HTTP and HTTPS, Coyote Point can provide basic load balancing to precise content switching with L7 Match Rules*. Equalizer gathers real-time information about a server’s status using ICMP Probes, TCP Probes, Active Content Verification (ACV) and Server Agents to route traffic based on easily configurable business rules. All Equalizers support persistence using either cookies or IP addresses to reliably maintain server connections for your more advanced applications.

In the event that servers in a server pool are unable to satisfy a client’s request, Responders* can be assigned to L7 Match Rules to redirect users to another URL or display a custom message.

High Availability for 100% application uptime

Mission-critical applications need mission-ready solutions. Coyote Point’s 3-tier approach to application uptime means your applications are up and running with 5-nines reliability. The first tier is a server or application failure. If a server or application fails or becomes overloaded, Equalizer routes traffic automatically to healthy servers. For the second tier, Equalizer supports failover options to cover you should an Equalizer go down. Finally, the third level provides routing to an alternate data center(s) should your primary data center suffer a catastrophic or planned outage (see the “Disaster recovery with Global Server Load Balancing” section for more information on multiple data center traffic management).

Equalizer supports Active/Passive, Active/Active, N+1 or N+M failover configurations. Coyote Point’s Multi-Active N+M Failover* allows a cluster of active Equalizers to share the workload for a large application data center. Instead of requiring idle spares in standby mode as in other failover methods, Multi-Active N+M Failover puts all the Equalizers to work load balancing and delivering applications. If an Equalizer in the N+M cluster should fail, the others seamlessly pick up the workload until you or your team can get the failed Equalizer back online.

Disaster recovery with Global Server Load Balancing

Envoy Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) makes your network reliable and available by scaling applications across multiple data centers for disaster recovery or to improve application response times. Administrators can set up rules that direct traffic based on site availability, data center performance and network latency.

Coyote Point offers three options for Envoy. You can choose a software module for Equalizer, a standalone hardware appliance or a standalone virtual appliance. Envoy SAE, the standalone hardware or virtual appliance, offers additional features not available in the Envoy software module. It is designed to accommodate complex network structures including resolution directly to local or host-based application servers. Using SNMP health checking*, Envoy SAE fully integrates with ADCs from other manufacturers including F5, Citrix and A10 Networks.

Advanced networking support

Coyote Point’s Equalizers use Network Address Translation (NAT), Source NAT, Outbound NAT and spoofing to effectively and efficiently route traffic between clients and servers. With support for direct server return, Multi-Gateway* and Multi-Netting*, IPv6 routing, NTP and tagged VLAN support* for up to 4094 802.1Q VLANs, you get the flexibility you need as your network topology evolves without having to buy new equipment.

Are you ready for the transition to IPv6? Coyote Point can make it easier with 6-in-4 Tunneling* supported on all Equalizers. Through the use of a tunnel broker, you can assign IPv6 addresses to your server clusters making them available to any client on an IPv6 network.

Equalizer provides the ability to configure routing to match network topologies from the simplest to the very complex through Policy-based Routing*. You can define routing behavior for each subnet, based on either destination IP address or source IP address of packets traversing Equalizer.

Blazing fast SSL offloading and compression

All Coyote Point Equalizers support SSL offloading to relieve your servers from the computational workload of SSL/TLS session negotiation, encryption and decryption, letting them instead focus on the applications they were meant to serve. Some models come equipped with hardware-based acceleration that can handle upwards of 14,000 HTTPS transactions per second.

Not all applications were written with SSL in mind and many scale poorly when SSL is enabled. Coyote Point’s SSL offloading eliminates these problems with an easy to deploy acceleration solution. Processing is moved from your servers to Equalizer making applications significantly faster and secure without software or other intrusive changes.

Coyote Point incorporates a dedicated hardware-based Gzip HTTP compression processor into some models that offers up to 1 Gbps of compression for content-rich applications. You can compress server generated data up to 5 times before it’s delivered to a client using any modern web browser saving you bandwidth costs and improving response times to your users.

Automate routine tasks to take control of your applications

Equalizer’s Smart Control framework with Smart Event Automation* manages notifications, logging and corrections to your application environments. Intuitive construction of graphical or CLI-based rule sets let you configure responses to almost any condition including resource management to power up or power down IPMI-compliant servers in response to changes in demand(1).

Virtual platform support

If you’re looking for a comprehensive set of tools to manage your VMware environment, Coyote Point has you covered. Every Coyote Point Equalizer supports basic VMware load balancing using VMware’s management API to retrieve real-time virtual server availability and resource utilization from a VMware vCenter console. With Coyote Point’s VLB Advanced module* you get even deeper integration into VMware with the ability to load balance based on VM CPU and VM RAM and spin-up or spin-down VMs in response to demand(2).

Coyote Point’s OnDemand product line-up offers virtual versions of Equalizer and Envoy SAE for load balancing and GSLB. You get to choose either hardware or virtual appliances for 100% flexibility to fit your needs. All our virtual products are available for a free 30-day trial to let you test them in your environment before you buy. Support for Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM coming soon.

Features to keep your applications safe and secure

Equalizer intelligently controls your SSL traffic with advanced features like SSL Certificate Revocation Lists*, Global Object SSL Certificate Storage*, outbound HTTP to HTTPS URL rewriting and Cipher Suite Control.

Guaranteed application support

From basic static websites to enterprise Microsoft® Exchange installations, Coyote Point’s Equalizer can support virtually any internet-based application. Easy to follow deployment guides are available for the top Microsoft® applications including Exchange, SharePoint® and Outlook Web Access.

Flexible management and comprehensive reporting

Do you prefer a command line or an intuitive graphical user interface? Either way Coyote Point provides the tools you need to easily manage your Equalizer. The context sensitive CLI provides complete control of every aspect of your Equalizer, not just a subset of functions like some other manufacturers. Even if you’re a CLI-jockey, you’ll appreciate the thought-through layout and features of our graphical user interface for most tasks from setting up server pools to running sophisticated traffic reports.

Equalizer’s Role-based management* gives you the flexibility to establish multiple users and groups allowing it to be managed by one or more data center personnel. As the administrator, you can assign read, write, create and delete permissions to individual users or groups to give as little or as much control over your Equalizer to fit the needs of your organization.

How to upgrade to the latest version of Equalizer OS:

Please click here to visit our EQ/OS 10 support page for instructions on how to download and upgrade your Equalizer.

If you have questions or want assistance in upgrading, please contact our customer support group by phone at 1-888-891-8150 (or +1-408-291-0152 for international customers) or by email at support@coyotepoint.com.


* Advanced features that are designed for complex application environments.
(1) Smart Control and Smart Event Automation are coming soon for Equalizer OS v.10.