Cloud Balancing: The Evolution of Global Server Load Balancing

Cloud computing has introduced a cost-effective alternative to building out secondary or even tertiary data centers as a means to improve application performance, assure application availability, and implement a strategic disaster-recovery plan. But when the hype is skimmed from cloud computing - private, public, or hybrid - what is left is a large, virtualized data center with IT control ranging from limited to non-existent.

This paper explores the benefits of cloud balancing, and highlights how organizations can leverage cloud application deployments in addition to local application deployments to optimize application delivery from technical and business standpoints.

Cloud balancing is still new, but the technology to add value is available today. The ability to distribute connections across the globe based upon an array of inputs such as geographic location, device type, the state of servers in one location or another, and balanced loads is real. A solution that is poised to take on new standards and enables use of existing standards, such as IPv6 and DNSSEC, should be the first stop for IT in the quest for agile data centers.

Read this paper to learn how the core capabilities of today's global and local application delivery solutions today make it possible to build a strong, flexible foundation that will enable organizations to meet current technical and business goals and to extend that foundation to include a more comprehensive cloud balancing strategy in the future.

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