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November 19, 2010

KEMP Makes Server Load Balancing, Application Delivery Controllers Affordable for SMBs

Last month, at Interop New York 2010 in New York City, TMC’s (News - Alert) CEO Rich Tehrani interviewed KEMP Technologies’ co-founder and vice president of product management, Peter Melerud. Tehrani asked Melerud to first give the readers an aerial view of the company before getting into products and strategy.

Founded in 2000 in Yaphank, N.Y., Melerud described KEMP as a builder of server load balancer and application delivery controllers (ADCs). His company celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. One of the reasons why KEMP has grown over the years is because “We made our products simple and affordable for small and medium businesses (SMBs),” Melerud said. The incumbents were busy addressing the needs of enterprises and no one was paying attention to SMBs. Hence, Melerud attributed company’s growth to SMBs, which is a growing area for its server load balancers and ADCs.

As a result of this worldwide growth, KEMP opened its European headquarters in Hanover, Germany in 2008.

Next, Tehrani asked Melerud to talk about new trends he has seen in last couple of years. And Melerud was quick to point toward virtualization. “There is a big move toward server virtualization,” Melerud told Tehrani. He further added that smaller companies were leveraging the benefits of virtual appliances to cut operating costs and increase ROI.

In speaking of virtualization, Melerud identified KEMP’s Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) as a new virtual appliance ADC (News - Alert) that is enabling managed hosting providers (MHPs) and managed service providers (MSPs) to consolidate and virtualize servers -- and, thereby, reducing hardware and related management costs. “It is giving customers high availability and scalability for all their web-facing applications,” asserted Melerud.

Melerud further highlighted multi-site capability of its Loadmaster DR (LM-DR) and VLM-DR appliances, assuring business continuity, high availability and scalability of Web-enabled applications across multiple, geographically-distributed servers and data centers.

Additionally, KEMP executive also emphasized the fact that its appliances support Microsoft (News - Alert) server-based products such as Exchange 2010, SharePoint, OCS (now replaced by Lync) and Terminal Services. Its VLM now supports Hyper-V, the Microsoft hypervisor-based server virtualization technology. The company claims that its VLM is one of the first production-ready virtual-appliance ADC to support Hyper-V.

Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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