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ADC, Load Balancing Company KEMP Comes Aboard the Intel Ecosystem

By Paula Bernier December 03, 2014

The Intel Network Builders Ecosystem continues to expand. The newest member of the pack is load balancer software company KEMP Technologies.

Through the group, the companies will work together to great reference architectures for network functions virtualization and software-defined networking.

KEMP brings to the table its SDN Adaptive Load Balancing Application and its Virtual LoadMaster, which can access network congestion details to allow for increased application visibility and better Layer 2 traffic steering.

The LoadMaster virtual and hardware-based application delivery controller offerings, according to the Gartner Magic Quadrant, can help organizations more easily adopt new virtualized applications and infrastructure. Gartner also has highlighted KEMP for its distributed denial of service protection, intrusion prevention, and Active Directory pre-authentication endpoint safeguard processes.

In May, KEMP added to its portfolio with the introduction a multitenancy virtualized platform that allows enterprises and service providers to do NFV service chaining of load balancing, security, and WAN optimization. The solution is called KEMP Condor with HyperFlex Architecture. It can run on bare metal platforms including Cisco UCS B and C series, HP ProLiant DL, Oracle x86 and Dell PowerEdge R-Series servers. And it allows for performance and versioning control on a per-instance basis.

KEMP occupies the No. 3 spot in terms of ADC market share, while F5 and Citrix are in the lead, according to Dell’Oro Group, which says this space will be worth nearly $2.3 billion in 2017.

“An ADC directly assists in the management of client connections to enterprise websites and applications,” Atchison Frazer, KEMP’s CMO, wrote in a recent company blog. “ADCs are normally deployed behind firewalls and in front of the application servers and [make] application traffic flows behave more efficiently by managing the traffic shaping, steering and distribution. A bit like high speed rail switching, the ADC directs client access requests to the best performing servers based on factors such as concurrent connections, CPU load and memory utilization. This makes sure that bottlenecks do not occur to reduce performance and if a server or application fails, the user is automatically re-routed to another functioning server. This process is seamless to the user and critical to delivering an optimized and reliable experience.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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