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What is Load-balancing and Do I Need It?
By: Rich Smith
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    2004-09-29

    Table of Contents:
  • What is Load-balancing and Do I Need It?
  • Why Load Balance?
  • Software Load-balancing
  • Hardware Load-balancing
  • Hardware vs. Software A Comparison
  • Conclusion

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    What is Load-balancing and Do I Need It? - Hardware vs. Software A Comparison


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    Pros

    Cons

    Software Load-balancing

    • Less expensive than hardware solutions.
    • Some packages have many more configuration and customization options allowing specific tailoring to your needs.
    • Most packages cannot handle large sites or complex networks.
    • Packages that will support larger systems require an abundant amount of hardware.

    Hardware Load-balancing

    • Hardware-centric approach is typically more robust than software options.
    • Processes traffic at the network level, which is nominally more efficient than software decryption.
    • Work with any OS or platform.

     

    • Higher costs than normally associated with software based solutions.

     

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