NGINX Migration, Rewrite Profile: Is there another way?
We are migrating, as part of a project, a big NGINX implementation to an F5. Basically, it would assume the role of a reverse proxy.
The two biggest things the NGINX does are:
- Translating from external hosts (www.example.com) to internal hosts (www.example.local)
- Load balancing between different back-end servers, depending on the URI.
For the first point:
There are a BUNCH of translations. We're using a rewrite profile. Sometimes, www.example.com/ translates to www.example.local/, and www.example.com/app1/ translates to www.example2.com/app1. And, on a single rewrite profile, there are, I think, more than 50 rules.
Is there a better way of doing this? Should we really modify back-end servers to accept both hosts, external and internal?
And, how do we deal with URI's with no trailing slash? If they have none, it won't match the rewrite rule. Should we add 301 respond to each and every URI?
Should we use policies or iRules? I've got to confess, we have already big iRules, separated with procs and the like. So, migrating that to policies would be a pain in the ass.
EDIT: One more question: We have different client side URL, that need to be rewritten to the same server. www.example.com/app1 and www.example.com/app2 to www.example.local/. However, for some reason, rewrite profile does not allow for this. How can we achieve it?