More and more organizations are moving towards the widespread use of remote desktop (RDP) connections across their enterprises – and with good reason. RDP reduces the cost of application licenses and hardware, improves resource availability to roaming users, and offers enhanced data security, especially in environments where BYOD is in place.
However, problems can begin to occur when an organization starts to outgrow its existing RDP infrastructure through expansion or simply by giving more users access to remote desktop functions. As RDP servers start to hit capacity, issues such as dropped or refused connections can have a significant impact on productivity.
An effective solution to this problem is to route all RDP functions through a load-balanced server farm using an application delivery controller (ADC). Application delivery controllers have gained traction over the years, largely due to their ability to improve the resilience, security and performance of web-delivered applications.
Load balancing remote desktop connections
An ADC can be a very worthwhile investment for any organization that depends on the performance and reliability of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. By balancing the load of RDP requests across multiple terminal servers, the ADC ensures these requests are only ever served by servers that have capacity at that exact moment. It does so by actively monitoring the health statistics of each server and choosing the best candidate for the job.
Load balancing, when managed well, can become a critical component within a busy enterprise, regardless of its size or the location of its employees. ADCs have the capacity to redirect RDP requests to a server cluster located on the other side of the world if necessary. This is called global server load balancing and is the ideal solution for organizations with multiple global offices.
How an ADC can help with website availability, scalability, and performance
If applications, especially those being offered to consumers, fail to meet users’ expectations, your reputation and bottom line could be severely compromised. The good news is that ADCs can be used to provide optimization for a wide array of server-intensive tasks, including website application availability.
ADCs can be configured to ensure that your website is always available and running at peak performance, especially over high-latency and mobile networks. The ADC works in exactly the same way with web requests as it does with RDP requests, routing them to the most capable server at that exact moment in time. The result is faster applications and faster delivery of requested data, whether it is in text, image or video format.
Is your organization ready for an ADC?
Any organization that relies on high availability and application acceleration is ready to deploy ADCs. By building more resilience and fault tolerance into your network with ADCs, you can ensure that robust and proven strategies are in place that will handle excess load and provide seamless failover.
The Snapt ADC is the most feature-complete ADC on the market today. In a nutshell, it guarantees high performance, unrivalled reliability and optimum security for all of your applications and services. We give you the ability to grow your business without technical barriers by scaling easily and quickly whenever you need to, and we offer you the best support whenever you need it. The result is faster application delivery, secure access and high availability to employees or consumers.
Speak to our experts today to find out more about the Snapt ADC and how we can help you guarantee enhanced service across your enterprise.