Gartner Research

Network Load Balancing in a Windows Data Center: Perspective

Published: 14 November 2000

ID: G0094045

Analyst(s): Mary I. Hubley, MaryAnn Richardson


Load balancing is one way to increase Web-server performance without having to scale up to a more expensive server. Load balancing ensures that existing Web servers can handle sudden fluctuations in Web traffic. Load balancers monitor the load and health of all Web servers; select the server that can best service the client; and redirect traffic between the client and server, thereby increasing both scalability and availability.

Table Of Contents
  • Technology Basics
    • Improving Web Performance Through Load Balancing
    • Load Balancers for Windows Data Centers
    • Software-Based Load Balancers
    • MS NLB and Windows NT
  • Technology Analysis
    • Managing Persistent Connections
    • Business Use
  • Technology Leaders
  • Technology Alternatives
  • Insight

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