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It is important to have a familiarity with the OSI 7 layer stack model when considering what type of traffic or devices can be load balanced. This knowledge is important because load balancing of traffic and, for that matter, devices is normally performed at Layer 2 (Data), Layer 4 (Transport) and Layer 7 (Application). It is also important to consider what information you require from your load balancers. For example, a business may need a health check on the performance of servers and applications, and/or information about server loading levels together with the ability to use load balancers to optimize the bandwidth that is available. If you use an ADSL router at home you may discover that you are already experiencing the benefits of load balancing (multiplexing) without even knowing it. The better ADSL routers load balance according to the applications that are... (more)

Three Key Strategies to Prevent Network Outages

Hackers and other attacks have become a major concern for businesses of all sizes. There are many reasons why your network could be taken out and rendered offline. Having your website down for even a few minutes can cause serious damage not only to your bottom line but also to your company's image. Consider that a well-designed website used by a medium-sized company that is taken offline thanks to outside forces will cost that company on average $5,000 USD a minute according to the well-respected Ponemon Institute. How can you avoid being one of the victims of this serious potent... (more)