Load Balancing Solutions ‘Have Critical Part To Play’
As little as ten years ago, the market for load balancers saw competition from only a few companies, yet today more providers have delved into load balancing technology, including KEMP technologies.
These days, load balancers have many different applications thanks to virtualisation, cloud storage and software defined networks (SDN).
The trend of virtualisation has opened up the possibility of ‘bare metal’ software. The ability to run a load balancer or application delivery controller (ADC) operating system within a blade server system such as Cisco UCS eliminates the need for a third party version.
When it comes to the cloud, George Zervos, VP, sales EMEA and emerging markets at KEMP Technologies, highlights the benefits to customers. Lower support and investment costs are rewarded with better application performance.
With cloud, KEMP – the industry leading provider of load balancers and ADCs – quickly acted on the need for suitable load balancing solutions.
However, Zervos does acknowledge a more recent fear materialising in the use of cloud storage. Along with revelations of NSA activity on the cloud from Edward Snowden, and the overall feeling of loss of control with the use of off-site hosting, many have moved towards a hybrid storage system.
Rather than moving all data onto the cloud, users combine it with a physical on-site presence. Resellers in this area provide a mixture of on-site support and remote management.
Zervos concludes that KEMP technologies remain on the forefront of developing solutions to cover all bases in an ever-evolving technological world. He believes that load balancers and ADCs will continue to have a “critical part to play” in the search for high availability and simplifying the user experience, on any platform or application.