KEMP Load Balancer Approved for Microsoft Lync Server

by Vangie Beal

Load balancing solutions deliver ease-of-use to speed deployment of critical server roles and protocols.

KEMP Technologies has announced that its LoadMaster hardware-based and virtual appliance load balancers are now approved for Microsoft Lync Server 2010, its enterprise-ready unified communications platform. KEMP LoadMaster products deliver reliable server load balancing, optimized application delivery and built-in SSL acceleration for any size business.

“We were delighted to work with KEMP in the preparation of their Lync Server 2010 Load Balancer proof of concept testing and deployment documentation. Throughout the engagement we found KEMP's products to be very reliable with minimal prior subject matter technical knowledge required for a speedy load balanced Lync deployment," commented Johan Delimon of Ordina Belgium.  Johan is also Competence Lead for Unified Communications at Ordina and has been recognized for three consecutive years as a Microsoft MVP for Lync Server 2010 and OCS. "Adding KEMP as a reference project for our Lync business will provide great support to our customers."

The KEMP LoadMaster load balancing solutions deliver ease-of-use to speed deployment of critical server roles and protocols offered by Microsoft Lync Server 2010. By adding load balancing, traffic can be scaled wide across Lync 2010 Front End, Director, and Edge server pools.  With Layer-7 health checking, the LoadMaster ensures that should a server become inaccessible, the load balancer will take that server off-line and automatically re-route and reconnect users to other functioning servers keeping application uptime guaranteed.

"Having our entire product portfolio approved for Microsoft Lync Server further strengthens the LoadMaster’s ability to deliver highly available, reliable and secure solutions to our business customers utilizing Microsoft applications," said Peter Melerud, executive  vice president of product management at KEMP Technologies.  "The Microsoft -approved LoadMaster solutions for Lync Server 2010 continue to reduce the price barrier for any-sized business while ensuring high availability across all applications."

Only select vendors are eligible for Lync Server 2010 qualification and the program is designed to ensure interoperability between vendors such as KEMP and Microsoft in a consistent and supportable manner. The entire portfolio of LoadMaster products including hardware-based, Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) for Hyper-V and Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) for VMware is approved for Lync Server 2010.

KEMP's LoadMaster products include Layers 4-7 load balancing, content switching, server persistence, SSL offload/acceleration, and application front-end capabilities (caching, compression and intrusion prevention system. Products include a comprehensive first year warranty and technical support agreement with pricing starting at only $1,490.

This article was originally published on Wednesday Feb 15th 2012
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