MVP Kristian Nese talks about load balancing and cloud computing in relation to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 in a recently posted TechNet Wiki entitled "Load Balancing and Cloud Computing (SCVMM 2012)":
One characteristic of cloud computing is virtualized network access to your applications/services. The point is that no matter where you access the service, you are automatically directed to the available resources. We are using load balancing to distribute service requests to these resources.
This is normally implemented using hardware load balancers, like F5 Big IP servers.
What can be load balanced?
- Access to application instances
- Services such as DNS, FTP, HTTP, and HTTPS
- Storage resources
- Connections through intelligent switches
If you ask me, cloud computing would be difficult to “achieve” without load balancing. It provides redundancy through redirection, and fault tolerance when coupled with a failover mechanism.
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