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Kemp Technologies' LM 1500

I had an LM up and running in minutes in our Green Bay, Wis., Real-World Labs®. I found the straightforward user interface easy to navigate, but some admins might find the device's use of Linux/BSD terminology to refer to its Ethernet ports (ethX) and the device's labeling (LANx) confusing.

After installing the device, I configured a virtual service and added three Web servers emulated by a Spirent WebReflector to the service. The LM, which uses configurable health-checking (HTTP, ICMP, TCP and so on) to determine whether real servers are available, immediately discovered the Web servers, while marking the virtual service as available.


• Easy configuration
• SSL acceleration standard
• Reasonable price


• Lacks some features of enterprise-level traffic- management products
• Logs not accessible through Web interface

**LoadMaster 1500, $2,590. Kemp Technologies, (516) 349-8421.
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