The new year starts with a bang: As a supplier of Load Balancers and Application Delivery Controllers Kemp offers its System as a virtual application, which can be switched on and off anytime in any amount of units. The user only pays for the actual usage. In other words: This is the first SaaS (Software as a Service) Load Balancer.
According to analysts this is just the trend: While previously hosting providers mostly offered dedicated or shared servers now more and more virtual servers are offered – typically with a VMware-instance. Along with that there are more flexible payment models and a faster project process: “I need four servers for two month from tomorrow” is now easily possible.
With the Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) the hosting provider can now offer Load Balancing with the same flexibility – without initial costs and without any delay.
While several hosting providers in the USA are already using the VLM, Kemp is only now offering this product to hosting providers in the European market.
The VLM offers the same functionality as the well-proven hardware LoadMasters which have been familiar and successful for many years. It doesn’t only offer fully developed Load Balancing, but even more features as for example SSL-Termination, Intrusion Prevention and HTTP-Cashing or HTTP-Compression.
(If SSL-Acceleration is crucial, we still rather recommend the use of hardware LoadMasters.)
As a platform we support VMware (for example ESXi from version 3.5) & Hyper V
The licensing is based on the comfortable SPLA principle: At the end of each month the host reports amount of actually used Virtual LoadMasters and pays from a mere 80-€/unit per month. This is not only attractive because of the flexibility offered, but also support and software updates are already included in this price.
The VLM/SPLA offer is targeted at medium and large hosts and ISPs. If you are interested, please contact Kemps Europe Headquarter; www.kemptechnologies.com/contact