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									Load Balancers for the New Age Corporate Environment

The business world today makes use of every available technology to withstand the aggressive competition
prevalent in the environment. With the growth in the use of various applications, across corporate environment,
the IT departments have explored the possibilities of using dedicated servers. These are computer systems which
are part of the corporate network and are kept apart for specific jobs so as to fasten the access and processing
time. However, with the increasing demands on the part of the customers and business, every application adds up
to more loading of the servers.

As technology moved ahead to provide the globalized business world anytime anywhere access to the corporate
network through BYOD options, the possibility of the servers being overloaded only increased. Such overloading of
the servers would lead to network getting clogged leading to reduced speed in performing the functions with a
reduced access rate to the entire systems in the network. This calls for the need of load balancers with a specific
significance for busy Internet services wherein a software program helps tracking the clients access services and
forwards requests to the "back-end" servers thus enhancing the performance of the website.

Wikipedia defines load balancing as "a computer networking methodology that distributes workload across
multiple computers or computer clusters, network links, central processing units, disk drives, or other resources, to
achieve optimal resource utilization, maximize throughput, minimize response time, and avoid overload. This
increases the performance of servers and leads to optimal utilization while ensuring that no particular server is
burdened. Corporate networks of global enterprises, with vast data and application storage and data transfer
activity, small and medium business enterprises and e-commerce websites resort to load balancers.

In an era of technological innovation with remote desktop access available to increase the mobility of the
workforce, load balancers are an important element in a network and helps in evenly disseminating service or
processing requests across numerous devices within the network. Dedicated hardware, software and servers carry
on these functions.

Depending on the factors such as speed of the network and server response time, load balancers requires work
distribution between two or more dedicated servers. The new age load balancing solutions offered by leading
service providers helps organizations leverage on the parallel multi-core processing with cost-efficient
performance. Further these appliances offer the client organization a number of advantages which include :

            Aids in global and local server load balancing with datacenter scalability.
            Facilitates swift implementation of optimized arrangements with application specific configurations
             and certifications guidelines
            Provides a high-end application compatible traffic management while catering for optimized delivery
             IP services and crucial business applications
            Safeguards applications without influencing performance with the help of firewalls and proxy designs.

The new age server load balancing appliances which are designed for the modern data center, cloud and virtual
environments help to boost application performance for both small and medium enterprises as well as large service

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