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Kemp Announces New LoadMaster 5300

By Vangie Beal (Send Email)
Posted April 27, 2012


Kemp Technologies has announced the newest addition to its LoadMaster family of load balancers and application delivery controllers. The LoadMaster 5300 comes with standard dual power supplies (redundant, hot-swap) delivered in a more compact 1U rack space footprint.

"The LoadMaster 5300 is a technologically advanced server load balancing and content switching appliance with ASIC-based SSL acceleration," the company said in a release statement. "High performance Layer 4 and 7 load balancing ensures the best application experience possible and with a U.S. MSRP of $15,990, the LM 5300 comes at a significantly lower price point than competing offerings, continuing KEMP’s number one position in price-performance load balancers."

The LoadMaster 5300, the successor to KEMP’s flagship LoadMaster 5500, boasts numerous performance improvements, according to Kemp, including a 10-percent increase in "requests/sec," a 45 percent improvement of max balancer throughput at 8.8Gbps and double the number of Layer 4/Layer 7 concurrent connections.

Using significantly less power, the LM 5300 is also more environmentally friendly as well. And as with all KEMP LoadMaster products, the new model intelligently and efficiently distributes user traffic among servers to ensure the best possible end-user experience and high availability for web and business applications.

Application acceleration features such as compression and caching reduce network latency and optimize performance over existing ISP links.  The active/hot standby with stateful failover provides 99.99 percent high availability of application servers and removes the server load balancer as a single point of failure. The 5300’s server and application health check feature directs users to the best available resource. The intrusion prevention system (IPS) thwarts application-level threats, even with SSL-encrypted traffic.

"The LoadMaster 5300 is a reflection of our customers’ needs and an impressive addition to the LoadMaster family of products,” said Peter Melerud, executive vice president of product management at KEMP.  "The 5300 increases optimization for Microsoft Lync and Microsoft Exchange and improves user experience, at a lower price point than its predecessor the 5500. Businesses of all sizes looking to improve website performance as they experience increased traffic loads can benefit from the LoadMaster 5300’s cutting edge technology."

Kemp Technologies plan to ship the new LoadMaster 5300 at the end of April 2012.

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