Server Virtualization Needs Load Balancing

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 22, 2010

Server virtualization 3.0 has arrived and it's defined by an entire ecosystem of server, storage, networking and software vendors delivering infrastructure that is integrated with server virtualization platforms. According to this Network Computing article, keeping up with the real time changes happening on virtual servers requires that the load be distributed across servers in an efficient manner and basic load-balancing is needed.

Server virtualization 3.0 has arrived and load balancing is a big issue.

"The most advanced load balancing solutions include unique technology that allows VMware servers to provide proactive load balancing metrics. These load-balancers use the well-defined VMware API to query VMware's Virtual Center to gather CPU load, memory utilization and other status information for virtual servers running under VMware. They combine this information with their own network performance statistics and they use it to make intelligent decisions about server availability and load. For instance, you can automate responses once a certain network event or threshold is reached. Or you can power up or power down a VMware server based on network traffic. Being able to control VMware servers based on network traffic allows you save on power, cooling and management cost of running the data center."

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