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Affordable IT: Load Balancers

Got more than one Web server? If so, it's time to share the load.

A load balancer distributes Web traffic among Web servers. The Zeus, Apache and Microsoft Web server environments have basic clustering capabilities built in, but software-based load balancing may not be as robust. Hardware load balancers, on the other hand, can be expensive, though there are some affordable ones.

With software load balancers, you need a dedicated machine, so you'll be buying additional hardware and an operating system. That doesn't just add to your bill, it also adds to the ongoing maintenance and administrative costs. Choose the platform that runs on an operating system you know and have the skills to manage.

needs vs. wants

Basic Features to Look For:
  • SSL support
  • Easy configuration and management
  • Redundancy
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