So I’ve been busy testing out different load balancing (ADC) vendors as of the last month, later it will reveal itself why I have done so, but anways I want to write a quick introduction to KEMP technologies, which is one of the vendors I have worked with the last time.
For those that aren’t aware of KEMP they are in the same street as Citrix NetScaler and F5 BIG-IP and so on. They do ADC and that’s their focus and passion.
Now for someone that has been working alot of time with Citrix NetScaler it took some time getting used to the navigation and how they built up their product.
Now some key aspects to KEMP which I found interesting
- Their support for most cloud vendors (Amazon, Azure and even vCloud Air)
- Their support for most hypervisors (VMware, Hyper-V,XenServer,Oracle Virtualbox)
- Bare metal support (Use an X86 server as an fully loaded ADC)
- Deployment templates (For mostly all different product like Exchange, SQL, Lync, ADFS)
- KEMP Condor –> http://mwne.ws/1rvgYJ6
- Integration with the VMware operations suite
Now just the support using Deployment templates make this alot easier. Templates can be found from their website –> http://kemptechnologies.com/loadMaster-documentation/ And they actually already have one for Exchange 2016 which shows at they are early adopters to new products.
Now use templates makes it easier for IT-admins to deploy load balancing service for different products/services without hasseling with all the different options.
For instance if I wanted to deploy a virtual server based upon the RDS template I just had to create a new virtual server
Setting up services and specifying features were pretty simple using the web management UI. This also included WAF (Web Applicaiton Firewall), SSO, GSLB, Content Switching and so on.
I will do some more testing on the KEMP ADC VLM which is the virtual appliance and see how it performs compared to other alternatives, and how it operates and what I feel it is lacking from a ADC point-of-view.
But still they have good support for most all different platforms, and a simple UI combined with finished templates which makes it easy to get started.