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Barracuda Releases New Load Balancer Fast Distribution Controller

By Casey Houser May 13, 2015

An important aspect of multi-computer processing, especially with the onset of software-defined networking, is the element of load balancing. These tools allow for the distribution of workloads across many different processors which can optimize the use of resources and lessen the processing time of individual networking tasks.

This is why Barracuda's introduction of its latest load balancer controller is so important to the industry. The new Barracuda Load Balancer Fast Distribution Controller (FDC) was made to deliver speeds up to 40 Gbps and enter the market with a cost that could force down the price of similar products from other vendors. The newest model, T740, is designed for virtualized data centers and is meant to handle data loads in the physical layer so they work well when meeting the virtualized layer. Stephen Pao, the general manager of security at Barracuda, spoke about that last point in the company announcement.

“Users and applications are becoming increasingly dispersed and creating new traffic patterns that are forcing organizations to reexamine their application delivery approach,” Pao said. “The next-generation data center needs fast and effective load balancing of server traffic at the physical layer, where it can be handled more efficiently before it enters the application virtualization layer.”

He further commented that the Barracuda FDC meets those challenges with a combination of Intel processing and the Data Plane Development Kit to handle workloads more efficiently and boost the performance of any virtualized system. The better businesses can handle their workloads the lower costs they will see for server ownership and overall operations.

Barracuda mentions that its FDC has entered the market at a cost that is “disruptive in the industry.” This could have an effect on the other controllers that exist in the market. If Barracuda can meet the speed of similar products while also reducing the cost, the quality of its product will be able to do the talking. And if that quality is high, other vendors may have to meet that price point or see the T740 take hold.

Barracuda also quotes Gartner in its product release by stating that the methods of networking are changing to meet the separation of application security and load balancing. The T740 meets that changing environment by leaving application security and access to software while the load balancer focuses on the distribution of traffic. This makes for a more efficient design because it allows each product to focus on a specific element of networking and do it well. Multitasking is eliminated, and everyone benefits.

The new FDC is now on the market with basic units and replacement/refresh packages available.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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