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KEMP Adds HP ProLiant Server to Bare Metal Catalog

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

KEMP Technologies is growing its list of bare metal optimized load balancing systems for application delivery with the addition of the HP ProLiant DL server series in its list of LoadMaster Operating System (LMOS) optimized hardware.

Load balancing distributes workloads across available computer resources with a goal of keeping any single system from being overloaded and potentially failing. Load balancers are meant to get the best use out of available resources and ideally, by removing any potential bottlenecks, speed things up to minimize the amount of time it takes for an application or user to get data.

In addition to its line of Virtual Load Balancers (VMware, Xen, KVM), Cloud Load Balancers (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure), and Hardware Load Balancers that support Internet/Intranet applications, KEMP has a slowly growing line of specialized Bare Metal Load Balancers and Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs).

KEMP's LoadMaster Operating System (LMOS) is available for use with the Dell PowerEdge R server, Oracle x86 server, and Cisco UCS B and UCS C Series blade servers. KEMP's latest addition to its bare metal server list is the HP ProLiant DL server, a rack optimized server designed for high performance computing applications.

Since other load balancing options are available, the question is why dedicate a server to KEMP's LMOS? According to KEMP, the answer is to reduce response time and minimize latency challenges by removing any barriers (i.e. a competing operating system, external load balancer appliance, hypervisor) between the LMOS and the hardware. By removing abstraction layers, the communication between the LMOS and the hardware infrastructure is faster.

"As enterprise customers are expected to handle increasingly heavy workloads, the LoadMaster provides powerful, scalable application delivery in order to maintain performance and availability across the infrastructure," said Peter Melerud, EVP-Product Management and co-founder, at KEMP Technologies.

While there are no specific studies comparing the company's bare metal solution to other conventional solutions, KEMP did state that in a recent test with an unnamed technology partner they had achieved throughput speeds of up to 40Gb/s.

KEMP is neutral about which brand of server is best suited for running the LMOS and would only say that "it's all about the underlying resources." That would make sense since the minimum hardware requirements for the servers are, in fact, pretty generic and minimal. The requirements to run KEMP's LMOS on a bare metal server include an Intel x86 processor, Ethernet based network interface, local storage, and a storage/RAID controller. One other additional criteria is that the servers require a minimum of 2 CPUs and 2GB of memory.

If an organization happens to be changing hardware vendors (which does happen from time to time) migrating from one vendor server to another would be relatively stress free. "It would literally take minutes to migrate. We share the same functionality footprint across all of our implementations whether virtual, bare metal or dedicated hardware appliances and it's merely a matter of getting the new box licensed, and the old configuration exported and re-imported," a KEMP spokesperson told us in an email.

Pricing for the HP Proliant DL server version of LMOS will be posted to KEMP's website later this week.