Load Balancing provides a simple way to scale your website, enabling you to provide a seamless, uninterrupted web experience to your users.
How does it work?
By placing on or more dedicated hardware load balancers in front of the servers hosting your website, requests to your website are dispatched to individual web servers based on the scheduling algorithm of the load balancer(s). In the event that a web server goes offline then it is immediately taken out of the cluster and so users of your application are not affected.
Why would I want to load balance my website?
By selecting a load balanced solution you are in effect spreading copies of your website across multiple servers. The main benefits of this are that in the event of a server failure your website will continue to be served from the other machines behind the load balancer and additionally for high traffic websites the load is also spread across multiple machines meaning an improvement in loading speeds of your site.
How secure are your load balancers?
Unlike other providers we only provide customers with dedicated load balancers ensuring their load balancer is not shared with other users. Customers can request full management control over their load balancer and access to this is restricted to their IPs.
Can additional servers be added / removed at a later date?
Yes, absolutely. Multiple servers can be added / removed from behind your load balancer at any time with no impact on service.
What is the difference between Layer 4 and Layer 7 load balancing?
Layer 4 load balancing distribute requests between servers at the transport layer using TCP/UDP protocols whereas Layer 7 is known as application based load balancing, to parse requests in application layer and distribute them to servers based on different types of request contents. Please get in touch today to discuss which type of load balancing is best suited to your application.