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KEMP Focuses On Scale, High Performance In New Line Of ADCs

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

For the past 15 years, KEMP Technologies has been specializing in developing load balancers and application delivery controllers (ADCs) for midsize to enterprise business customers. The company's positioning has been simple; do one thing and do it right, no bells and whistles. KEMP's main focus is on improving performance and providing top support.

KEMP's mission is evident in today's product announcement of the new LoadMaster 5000 and 8000 series of high performance ADCs. The updated 5000 series targets enterprises running back-end workflow applications and intranets with high transaction counts and includes 1U rack models with redundant hot swappable power supplies, RESTful APIs and content caching.

The 8000 series includes two options and targets even larger environments, including service providers, which require up to 30 Gbps of application throughput and SSL encryption. Both series of ADCs also utilize software defined networking (SDN) capabilities natively.

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"The SDN integration capabilities could give customers greater agility in deploying critical network and security functionality with associated operational savings," said Eric Hanselman, Chief Analyst at 451 Research. "The combination of detailed performance visibility and traffic control can be a powerful tool in delivering the application performance that users demand."

KEMP's Load Master operating system (LMOS) that drives its ADCs takes advantage of Intel's latest Xeon processors, leveraging the increased core count and performance to improve the ADC appliances. The engineering efforts are focused on the LMOS, as KEMP doesn't utilize specialized hardware for its appliances.

The use of the latest Xeon processors allowed KEMP to "eliminate the use of proprietary FPGAs and reduce the dependency on custom ASICs to deliver ultra-high performance and scale for demanding application environments," said Peter Melerud, chief marketing officer at KEMP.

In addition to its scaling capabilities, the new LoadMaster series appliances also offer high capacity intrusion prevention and detection (IPS/IDS) and web application firewall (WAF) capabilities, as well as authentication and single sign-on (SSO). Besides its hardware-based appliances, KEMP also offers virtual, bare metal and cloud load balancing solutions.

Application Throughput11 Gbps11 Gbps20 Gbps30 Gbps
1 Gigabit Ethernet Ports4400
10 Gigabit Ethernet Ports2266
Maximum L4 Concurrent Connections26,500,00026,500,00075,800,00075,800,000
Price$14,000 $20,000 $28,000 $40,000

The company also recently released a System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) plugin that works with all KEMP products to eliminate the manual setup of the load balancer. The SCVMM plugin, now available as a download at no additional cost to KEMP customers, offers a service template that can deploy the ADC device automatically. KEMP also offers a similar plugin for VMware's vCenter Orchestrator.

The new LoadMaster 5000 and 8000 series appliances are available now. Pricing for the 5000 series ranges from $14,000 to $20,000 per appliance, depending on the model; the 8000 series is priced between $28,000 and $40,000. All pricing includes one year of technical support. For more information, visit