Cloud infrastructure provider GoGrid announced on Tuesday that its Dynamic Load Balancer solution is now available, and will enable customers to deploy and scale load-balancing services in minutes.
With its new cloud-based load-balancing solution, GoGrid customers can dynamically scale network services to support essential infrastructure and control spending. GoGrid Dynamic Load Balancer also eases maintenance, providing elasticity and on-demand control.
Load balancers in a cloud environment can help scale traffic to fast-growing websites, and mission critical web applications that need to build high availability into their architecture so individual components can fail without downtime.
“If you’re deploying applications in the cloud, load balancing is an essential requirement,” Mark Worsey, GoGrid’s CIO and EVP of technology said in a statement. “During development, our priority was making sure this service is virtualized and programmable like our other compute and storage services. For the past 10 years, GoGrid has pioneered cloud IaaS services that let global businesses dynamically scale their infrastructure on-demand. With our new Dynamic Load Balancer, we bring our cloud computing expertise to this essential network layer.”
With GoGrid’s Dynamic Load Balancer, customers can proactively manage server load across multiple services and prevent server overload during sudden traffic spikes. Traffic distribution can be based on Weighted Round Robin, Weighed Least Connect or Source Address Hashing algorithms.
GoGrid developed its load balancer internally, and says that due to this, it will continue to improve and evolve through its agile software development cycle. GoGrid has offered other load balancing solutions in the past; last year GoGrid released multiple images of software load balancer Riverbed Stingray in its Partner Exchange, and in 2011, GoGrid partnered with Zeus to offer a load balancer in the GoGrid cloud.
The management console gives users the ability to edit load balancer configurations including server weights for optimal traffic management and add or remove servers. Users can manage all load-balancing functionality programmatically through its API and management console.
GoGrid says it designed its load balancer specifically for the cloud, and takes advantage of the distributed nature of a cloud environment, which it says can more easily distribute traffic and load. It doesn’t rely on proprietary hardware that could become a single point of failure, according to the press release.
Dynamic Load Balancer will be available on January 30, 2013, and will be priced per hour and for outbound traffic through the Load Balancer. GoGrid says the first Load Balancer is free for its customers.
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