5 Reasons to Use a Software Load Balancer

August 27, 2018
2 min read time
5 Reasons to Use a Software Load Balancer

Today, computer and internet usage are at an all-time high, and reliable performance is demanded 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 are imperative to 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.

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1. Less Expensive

Deploying software is much less expensive than continuously buying hardware every time a change is made. It's a very DevOps friendly way to do things; replacing hardware with load balancing software 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 anytime or anywhere.

2. Scalable

For achieving high availability that is sustainable as the business and the infrastructure grows, software load balancing is a natural choice. Also, having at least two backend servers will maintain 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 why a software load balancer is a better choice than a hardware-based application delivery controller. In fact, performance is often a serious issue with legacy load balancers. With software load balancers, you can run anywhere, and do any needed upgrades or maintenance from a variety of devices -- PC, tablet, or even a smartphone.

4. Flexibility

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

5. Quicker

Nobody likes features that are buggy or lagging, and we expect things to work right the first time and every time. 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.

Overall, software load balancing use is growing rapidly, and it will continue to grow and be refined further as time goes by.

Speak to our experts today to find out more about the Snapt’s software load balancer and ADC suite and how we can help you to guarantee enhanced service across your enterprise.

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