Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider LeaseWeb today added a load balancing feature to its Public Cloud. The new feature will enable customers to optimize their use of cloud resources by managing the distribution of traffic across instances.
The news comes nearly two months after LeaseWeb launched its global Content Delivery Network.
Load balancing divides traffic evenly across servers and lets customers optimize the use of their resources and minimize server response time. Traffic is redirected according to a set of rules as defined by the customer for the individual TCP ports on their public load balancer address.
These rules range from balancing simple traffic (for example, for mail servers), to advanced rules with sticky policies for web applications. Rules can be managed via LeaseWeb’s Customer Portal, where customers can configure unlimited number of rules for a multitude of protocols and ports.
– Robert van der Meulen, Cloud Manager, LeaseWeb.
The LeaseWeb Cloud load balancer supports a variety of algorithms to balance web traffic:
- Source Based, always assigns requests from the same source IP to the same instance.
- Round Robin, cycles though all the instances in order.
- Least Connections, allocates the traffic to the instance with the lowest number of connections.
The load balancing feature is available immediately to customers of all globally deployed LeaseWeb Cloud platforms, at a set price per month, regardless of the request load.
“There are a lot of confusing billing models being used for load balancing services, often charging per incoming request. We wanted to bring a bit of transparency to the table. Our load balancer offers the same robust options to direct traffic flow, at a set price unmatched by other providers,” said Robert van der Meulen, Cloud Manager, LeaseWeb.
“Our load balancing feature is fully integrated in our Customer Portal, ensuring it works flawlessly with our other cloud services. In combination with our global network, which has a capacity of 3.5 Tbps, our cloud products are well equipped to handle vast amounts of traffic,” he added.
Here is more information on Load balancer for LeaseWeb Cloud.
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