Load Balancing 101: What IS load balancing?
Whether it’s for application performance, server load balancing, GSLB, SSL offloading, or anything in between, adding a scalable application performance management solution to your company maximizes the availability and performances of your applications and ensures the fastest and most efficient end-user experiences possible.
With the help from application delivery controllers (ADC), companies can reshape or redistribute server traffic to balance the workload or strain on those servers for peak performances. Available as a virtual load balancer or a physical appliance, load balancers are deployed in front of web and application servers to optimize physical and web application performances as well as increase security through offloading SSL and SSL acceleration—giving end-users highly productive and secure access to their applications at any time.
Server Load Balancing – Using an ADC, companies can avoid slow or unresponsive server performances by evenly distributing traffic between them to keep them in their power band. Additionally, ADCs monitor the health and speeds of their servers, scale server pools, and maintain application persistence for high-availability and performance for the end user.
Global Server Load Balancing – Similar to a local solutions, a global load balancing service directs server traffic based on geographic location, server load, and server health to optimize application performance. A global server solution also serves as disaster recovery plan and DNS load balancing service in that server traffic can be redirected to another location in the event a data center is down or unresponsive.
SSL Offloading – Ideal for healthcare, e-commerce, and financial service environments that require high-volume secure connectivity, the SSL offloading benefits from a load balance appliance ensures companies get the highest level of security possible without compromising performance. The SSL offload capabilities from a network load balancing solution minimize the impacts of compute-heavy SSL protocols while still maintaining maximum security for user transactions.
Link Load Balancing – This solution is perfect for businesses that want to secure the continuous operation of cloud services and applications in the event one or more ISP links are slow or unresponsive—maximizing uptime and optimizing performance. Link load balancers monitor WAN links and connections to allocate bandwidth and assign connection priority to provide advanced failover for critical applications.