Glossary

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Layer 4 vs Layer 7 Load Balancing

by Grant Duke on Load Balancing • May 12, 2021
Within the Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) there are two layers at which load balancing can function, Layer 4 and Layer 7. There are differences between load balancing at Layer 4 or Layer 7 and there are advantages and disadvantages to each method.
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What is RDP/RDS Load Balancing?

by Wikus Du Plessis on Load Balancing • March 16, 2021
What is RDP/RDS Load Balancing? RDS (Remote Desktop Services) and RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) are industry-leading protocols by Microsoft enabling access to virtualized environments or services running on a remote desktop/server using a graphical user interface (GUI).
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What is Game Server Load Balancing?

by Wikus Du Plessis on Load Balancing • February 1, 2021
What is Game Server Load Balancing? Game server load balancing is a network methodology used to distribute network traffic between multiple game-servers. Different criteria can be used to distribute the players' traffic between the game servers, like turn-based, weighted or persistent routing, to name a few. The game server load balancing device or software, called a load balancer, sits between the game servers and the players(clients), and is responsible for ensuring that each player gets routed to the most desirable game server Active health monitors ensure that the player traffic is only sent to the most desirable servers by monitoring connection metrics such as game server load, player latency, and game server health. The game server load balancer also plays a critical part in a disaster recovery plan, where traffic can seamlessly switch to a new server in case the server goes down for some reason. Additionally, the balancer can protect against security and DoS threats with active monitoring of anomalies. Certain load balancers can automatically scale resources based on monitoring metrics to prevent a situation where the player load saturates the game servers. Scaling is particularly useful during launch events or other ad-hoc times where it is hard to predict the expected traffic.
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What is a Cloud Load Balancer?

by Bethany Hill on Cloud • December 23, 2020
What is a Cloud Load Balancer? A cloud load balancer is a cloud-based network appliance that distributes client traffic across a pool of endpoints that reside within a cloud environment.
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Load Balancing

by Bethany Hill on Load Balancing • December 23, 2020
Load balancing web traffic: what and how? What is load balancing? Load balancing is used to improve the performance and reliability of websites, applications, databases and other services by distributing the workload of the servers.
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What is a Diameter Load Balancer?

by Bethany Hill on Load Balancing • September 8, 2020
What is a Diameter Load Balancer? Diameter load balancing is the distribution of different diameter based protocols' control layer traffic to multiple backends for high availability.
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