According to industry analysts, fewer than 20% of mission
critical Internet applications achieve internal objectives for
continuous availability. Challenges include maintaining uptime when
servers fail, scaling data center capabilities to handle increased
load, and protecting infrastructure from network vulnerabilities.
Designed to help organizations achieve their availability
objectives, the Barracuda Load Balancer integrates IP load balancing
and network intrusion prevention into an affordable and easy to use
appliance. The Barracuda Load Balancer provides comprehensive failover
capabilities in case of server failure, distribution of traffic across
multiple servers, and integrated protection from network intrusions.
- Internet sites with high traffic requirements, including Web, FTP, media streaming, and content delivery networks
- Hosted applications using thin-client architectures, such as Windows Terminal Services
- Other IP services requiring optimal performance, including SMTP, DNS, RADIUS, TFTP
Powerful Enterprise-Class Solution
The Barracuda Load Balancer’s integrated Service Monitor ensures
that servers and their associated applications are operational. In the
event of server or application failure, the Barracuda Load Balancer
facilitates automatic failover to ensure continuous availability. The
Barracuda Load Balancer also assists in orchestrating
scheduled maintenance windows on specific servers while maintaining
application availability through other servers in the server farm.
To mitigate risks associated with failures of the load balancers
themselves, two Barracuda Load Balancers can be deployed in an
active/passive configuration. In the event of failure of a primary
active Barracuda Load Balancer, the secondary Barracuda Load Balancer
will automatically activate and assume the identity of the primary load
balancer so as to maintain application availability.
Easy to Use and Maintain
The Barracuda Load Balancer is extremely easy to deploy, featuring
automatic discovery and configuration tools through an intuitive Web
interface. To minimize ongoing administration associated with
security, the Barracuda Load Balancer automatically receives current
intrusion prevention and security updates from Barracuda Central, an
advanced 24/7 security operations center that works to continuously
monitor and block the latest Internet threats.
The Barracuda Load Balancer also facilitates automatic configuration
through a Web-based application programming interface (API) and system
monitoring through SNMP.