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Home > Balancer  > 5 Reasons to use a software load balancer

Today, computer and internet usage is at an all-time high, and reliable performance is both necessary and critical for businesses of all sizes. To increase the speed of system loading, decrease downtime and eliminate single points of failure, load balancing is the answer. Load balancers help provide the seamless experience that users desire. Well-designed infrastructure includes a good load balancer plan so that any potential failures are detected, requests are rerouted to redundant points, and users never notice any failures.

Until very recently, load balancing was heavily dependent on hardware; but that has all changed. With load balancing software, these tasks are done smoothly and automatically. In fact, there are a number of reasons to choose load balancing software:

1. Less expensive

Deploying software is much less expensive than buying hardware every time a change is made. Replacing hardware with load balancing software is DevOps-friendly and eliminates the siloing between DevOps and the rest of the departments within a business. It puts application management squarely in the hands of those best able to handle it. Additionally, maintenance can be done any time or anywhere.

2. Scalable

Software load balancing is a natural choice for achieving high availability that is sustainable as the business and infrastructure grow. Also, having at least two backend servers maintains high availability, with software load balancers ensuring that traffic is directed to the server that is more readily available.

3. Easier maintenance

This is one of the main reasons a software load balancer is a better choice than a hardware-based application delivery controller (ADC). In fact, performance is often a serious issue with legacy ADCs. Load balancing software can run anywhere, and any upgrades or maintenance can be done from a variety of devices – PCs, tablets or even smartphones.

4. Flexible

Migrating old, hardware-based infrastructure to cloud-based environments allows agile development and the ability to upgrade and refine features easily. Software load balancers can be deployed anywhere. They work easily in both cloud and virtual environments, and have open APIs so they can be integrated with all the tools you already use. Simply download and configure the software – no expensive hardware required.

5. Faster

Nobody likes features that are buggy or underperform. We expect things to work right the first time, and every time after that. In our increasingly digital world, we want instant responses and fast load times. Software load balancers will run fast in any environment. There are no hardware configuration limitations and you can scale infrastructure to the size you need. Load balancing software gives you the power to manage delivery effectively for optimal performance.

Software load balancing use is growing rapidly, and it will continue to grow and be refined further as time goes by. We are already seeing huge organizations use load balancing software, with the Amazon load balancer, Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), one of the most popular examples.

On the flip side, newer but equally effective organizations such as Snapt provide cutting-edge technology with even better results. As one of the best software load balancing solutions available today, Snapt is ideal for organizations of any size or type.

Dave Blakey founded Snapt in 2012 and currently serves as the company’s CEO. Under Dave’s leadership, Snapt achieved a 400% annual growth rate in 2014. Snapt now provides load balancing and acceleration to more than 10,000 clients in 50 countries. High-profile clients include NASA, Intel, and various other forward-thinking technology companies.

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