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Internet Load Balancing Appliance

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How Can An Internet Load Balancing Appliance Help My Business?
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Constant access to important resources is essential for everyone â individuals and businesses â and Internet load balancing provides a way to ensure an Internet connection is always on. One of the best ways to achieve load balancing is using a dedicated appliance that is designed for this purpose. These devices are engineered for simple management and offer technical support when questions or problems arise. This article will review how an Internet load balancing appliance can benefit any business.
Providing 100% network up-time
The most important feature for these appliances is providing multiple ways for the local network to reach the Internet. By testing each WAN link, the appliance can detect when an outage does occur then redirects traffic to use only the operational links. Additionally, by enabling the appliance to act as an authoritative DNS server, these appliances can also ensure remote users can reach local resources over any available WAN link.
Reducing or preventing network congestion
Distributing network traffic over multiple links prevents over-utilization over any one link. A load balancing algorithm is used to efficiently route network traffic in addition to the ability to dictate which WAN links are used for particular kinds of traffic. This flexibility allows for optimization as well as aggregation of the multiple WAN links.
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Combining bandwidth from multiple low-cost links
As dependence on data networks continues to increase, network bandwidth and reliance becomes critical. Investing in a single, high-cost WAN link which provides a large amount of bandwidth is not necessary when using a load balancing appliance. This is due to the ability for WAN aggregation â the merging of multiple WAN links to replicate the bandwidth performance of a single, high-cost, large bandwidth WAN.
Automatic WAN link fail-over in the event of an ISP outage
One of the greatest benefits provided by an Internet load balancing appliance is the ability to connect using WAN links from different ISPs and allow it to dynamically redirect traffic based on WAN link availability. Users are accustomed to access 24x7 and network downtime is costly for any business. Relying on a single ISP is a risk, no matter how reliable the connection may be. With a load balancing appliance in place, users will always be online as the appliance actively monitors the WAN links to ensure connectivity.
How Can An Internet Load Balancing Appliance Help My Business?

Internet Load Balancing Appliance - Image 1

Constant access to important resources is essential for everyone â individuals and businesses â and Internet load balancing provides a way to ensure an Internet connection is always on. One of the best ways to achieve load balancing is using a dedicated appliance that is designed for this purpose. These devices are engineered for simple management and offer technical support when questions or problems arise. This article will review how an Internet load balancing appliance can benefit any business.

Providing 100% network up-time

The most important feature for these appliances is providing multiple ways for the local network to reach the Internet. By testing each WAN link, the appliance can detect when an outage does occur then redirects traffic to use only the operational links. Additionally, by enabling the appliance to act as an authoritative DNS server, these appliances can also ensure remote users can reach local resources over any available WAN link.

Reducing or preventing network congestion

Distributing network traffic over multiple links prevents over-utilization over any one link. A load balancing algorithm is used to efficiently route network traffic in addition to the ability to dictate which WAN links are used for particular kinds of traffic. This flexibility allows for optimization as well as aggregation of the multiple WAN links.

Internet Load Balancing Appliance - Image 2

Combining bandwidth from multiple low-cost links

As dependence on data networks continues to increase, network bandwidth and reliance becomes critical. Investing in a single, high-cost WAN link which provides a large amount of bandwidth is not necessary when using a load balancing appliance. This is due to the ability for WAN aggregation â the merging of multiple WAN links to replicate the bandwidth performance of a single, high-cost, large bandwidth WAN.

Automatic WAN link fail-over in the event of an ISP outage

One of the greatest benefits provided by an Internet load balancing appliance is the ability to connect using WAN links from different ISPs and allow it to dynamically redirect traffic based on WAN link availability. Users are accustomed to access 24x7 and network downtime is costly for any business. Relying on a single ISP is a risk, no matter how reliable the connection may be. With a load balancing appliance in place, users will always be online as the appliance actively monitors the WAN links to ensure connectivity.

This review is listed under Networks & IT Infrastructure Community

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