KEMP Technologies Releases Load Balancer Virtual Appliance

Application delivery controller delivers redundant load balancing without hardware-related provisioning, maintenance issues

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KEMP Technologies has released its Virtual LoadMaster (VLM), a new virtual-appliance application delivery controller (ADC) that offers the same functionality as KEMP’s hardware appliances but at lower operating costs. Following the launch of the VLM to service providers under an SPLA program, KEMP is now offering its Virtual LoadMaster to enterprises, SMBs, non-profit, educational, and government institutions.

As a “virtual appliance,” the Virtual LoadMaster removes the need to maintain hardware and reduces costs associated with power consumption, cooling, rack space constraints, and other environmental dependencies of hardware-based appliances. The VLM can be quickly configured and deployed, accelerating service provisioning and simplifying ongoing management, which aids in reducing operating expenses and increasing ROI.

The VLM offers the same management interface and functionality as KEMP’s hardware appliances, including advanced Layer 7 content switching, application health checking, persistence, caching, compression, L7 intrusion prevention, and SSL offloading. As businesses consolidate and virtualize servers to reduce hardware and related management costs, the Virtual LoadMaster becomes a key component of corporate virtualization and “cloud” computing strategy.

Pricing starts at $2,990 and includes two licenses that can be used to implement high availability, active/hot-standby configurations across multiple physical hosts. A first-year support agreement is included at no extra cost and provides telephone support and firmware updates. Available immediately as an installable virtual machine, KEMP’s offering is packaged for VMware ESX/ESXi versions 3.5 and 4, VSphere v4, VMware Server v2, VMware Fusion v3, and VMware Workstation v7. A full production version can be downloaded for evaluation at www.kemptechnologies.com.