(Gawkwire.com) KEMP Technologies today announced the general availability of its Virtual LoadMaster (VLM). This new virtual-appliance application delivery controller (ADC) offers the same functionality as KEMP’s hardware appliances while significantly reducing operating costs. Following the launch of the VLM to service providers under an SPLA program, KEMP is now offering its Virtual LoadMaster to enterprises, SMBs, non-profit, educational and government institutions.

As a “virtual appliance,” the Virtual LoadMaster removes the need to maintain hardware and reduces costs associated with power consumption, cooling, rack space constraints and other environmental dependencies of hardware-based appliances. The VLM can be quickly configured and deployed, accelerating service provisioning and simplifying ongoing management, which aids in reducing operating expenses and increasing ROI.

The VLM offers the same management interface and functionality as KEMP’s hardware appliances, including advanced Layer 7 content switching, application health checking, persistence, caching, compression, L7 intrusion prevention and SSL offloading. As businesses consolidate and virtualize servers in order to reduce hardware and related management costs, the Virtual LoadMaster becomes a key component of corporate virtualization and “cloud” computing strategy. 

“We have designed the VLM to harness the full power of the VMware Hypervisor and as a result, the VLM can deliver high throughput levels without sacrificing functionality and performance required to support today’s most demanding applications. Unlike other vendors that primarily target their virtual ADC appliances towards development and evaluation purposes, KEMP’s VLM is designed for full commercial and business-critical production applications,” said Peter Melerud, co-founder and VP of product management of KEMP Technologies. 

KEMP’s Virtual LoadMaster reduces the cost of load balancing without sacrificing functionality. Pricing for the VLM starts at $2,990 and includes two licenses which can be used to implement high availability, active/hot-standby configurations across multiple physical hosts.  A first-year support agreement is included at no extra cost and provides telephone support and firmware updates. Available immediately as an installable virtual machine, KEMP’s offering is packaged for VMware ESX/ESXi versions 3.5 and 4, VSphere v4, VMware Server v2, VMware Fusion v3 and VMware Workstation v7.  A full production version can be downloaded for evaluation at www.kemptechnologies.com

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