What is a Load Balancing Server?

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If you are responsible for a high-profile website, chances are you’ve experienced or given serious thought to the consequences of server outages or slow response times on your server. In a competitive market that has no patience for long waits or downtimes, you need a way to make sure that your website is always available to visitors, and that high traffic doesn’t result in system failures or delays. Both of these problems can be solved with a load-balancing server.

Simply put, a load-balancing server is a system that sits between your server environment (you will want two or more servers with copies of your website, to handle the load and act as backups to each other) and the Internet. When customers browse to your website, the load-balancing server looks at how busy each of your servers currently is, and sends the customer to a server with plenty of spare capacity. This ensures that the website traffic, or load, is evenly balanced among all of your servers, minimizing wait times, and automatically handling server failures by re-routing visitors to working systems.

Here are some of the benefits that a load balancing server can bring to your server environment:

Load-balancing servers provide these and other capabilities by adding an extra layer of control to your server environment, giving you the flexibility to make the best use of your resources. If your business depends on providing consistent and reliable access to online services, a load-balancing server is a must-have in today’s on-demand, high-speed marketplace.

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