While working with hosting servers in general there are many different terms you need to understand. Understanding the different keywords in the glossary helps you better understand the entire process. This gives you the opportunity to know what is going on. Today, we will be explaining what a load balancer is, when it is used and how it can help.
For the short answer, a load balancer is a device which distributes the incoming network traffic in an efficient way. It distributes the traffic across multiple backend servers which are also called server farms or server pools. What a load balancer really does is it ensures that no single server receives too much demand at once. This simply results in a problem.
Load Balancer Benefits:
Load balancers have many advantages. They serve such importance to a level where modern software can no longer operate without one. One of the main purposes of the load balancer, like we mentioned above, is to prevent server overload. However, there are many more benefits in this process, some of them are:
- Increase user capacity
- Improve the application scalability
- Help applications and websites with better overall productivity
- Maintains a satisfactory user experience
- Manage the continuous flow of information
Wondering what a load balancer actually looks like? Well, to be exact, traditionally speaking a load balancer is actually a tangible, hardware appliance. However, given the simultaneous advancement of technology, load balancers are becoming more and more software defined. They can be found either on premises, off premises (data centers) or the public cloud.
As load balancers are becoming more important in the digital strategy of an organization, companies are relying more on them. I mean, just hear me out.
In addition to the advantages mentioned above, load balancers also have other abilities. They have the ability to not only conduct health checks but also fix them if found and create necessary virtualized applications. Many would consider load balancers unsecured, given they manage the information between an end user and application servers. However, with the advanced technology, they are not only secure, but also protect the applications and websites they manage.
Now that you know more about what a load balancer is and how it can help an organization, are you ready to move on to the next blog by Dynamic Hosting? We are waiting for you!