With so much emphasis being placed on the use of computer and network technologies, Canadian companies need to become more aware of the amount of strain they place on their organizations computer networks on a daily basis.
Many computer networks crash on a daily basis because companies fail to enact measures to monitor and manage access, communication, information exchange, and workload on their LAN’s and WAN’s. However, there is a solution to help ensure your companies networks work efficiently. This is called load balancing.
Understanding load balancing
The term load balancing is very much what it sounds like. It is concerned with creating a balance for your company’s computer networks and systems. Coming from the computer networking industry, the term is mainly concerned with methodologies that help to effectively distribute workloads across computer networks, clusters and other computer related processors and resources.
The main goal of network load balancing is to create a situation where organizations experience optimal resource utilization for their computer networks. When load balancing occurs, companies can expect minimal down time as well as increased speed for response time over the network. Load balancing also helps to ensure that no one device on the network is overworked and does not perform up to it standards as a result.
Network load balancing is vital for any network that experiences high volume or traffic. Therefore, companies that have many users or experience high volumes of traffic on their website need to have load balancing technology employed to ensure their servers do not become over worked.
Load balancing features
Here are some of the most common features that are part of load balancing hardware or software:
- It supports SSL
- It is developed to run on the computer or device that requires load balancing
- It has the ability to redistribute traffic in under 10 seconds to ensure that host remain available
- Can be implemented through both hardware and software
- Load balancers have the ability to use a number of different algorithms to divert and balance network traffic.
The benefits of load balancing
The following are some of the main benefits of implementing network load balancing technologies:
- Enhanced performance: To ensure that your companies computer network is working at an optimal level, load balancing hardware/software helps to direct requests and traffic to the servers on your network that are least busy.
- Faster response times: Since load balancing diverts traffic to less used servers, these servers can provide faster response times.
- Ease of use: Load balancing hardware and software are very easy to install. They can be easily configured to work based on your network settings and provide easy to use alerts and diagnostic information.
- Reliability: Since load balancing continuously monitors your network and servers, it ensures that any threats to performance can be addressed immediately ensuring maximum uptime.
- Decreased downtime: Load balancing technologies ensures there is less planned server or network maintenance that could disrupt server to users.
- Scalability: Load balancing can be scaled to meet the needs of both small business and large enterprise networks.
- Maximum availability: network load balancing ensures that network applications are available as much as possible.
- Failover capability: One of the greatest benefits of load balancing is its failover capability. Load balancing gives networks the ability to continue to be operational even when other network components have failed or are not operating effectively.
Load balancing is an important form of technology that not only helps to maximize a company’s networks and servers during high volume traffic, it also helps IT administrators maintain performance standards during regular maintenance and ensures users experience high quality access at all times.
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