KEMP's LoadMaster delivers high performance for SMBs

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YAPHANK, N.Y.: KEMP Technologies, a leader in datacenter application delivery optimization for small-to-medium sized businesses (SMB), has announced new advanced caching, compression and intrusion prevention system (IPS) features for the complete line of LoadMaster Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) and Server Load Balancers.


The LoadMaster product family is highly affordable, yet feature-packed. As with all of KEMP's products, the caching, compression and IPS features are built-in at no additional cost. These new features continue KEMP's advancements into the ADC marketplace, adding to the already feature-rich capabilities that include Layers 4/7 load balancing, content switching, IP and Cookie persistence, integrated ASIC-based SSL acceleration, and full layer 7 support for Microsoft Windows Terminal Services. KEMP Technologies continues to offer all of these enterprise-class features at a price point tailored for SMB businesses.

"KEMP is always improving their product line, continuously coming out with newer and better products," said Sam Sandusky, CEO of Big Sur Technologies, a KEMP value-added reseller. "That makes it easy for us to talk to our customers about their products. KEMP seems to have a solution for our customers to address their application delivery needs."

"Just like large enterprises, SMBs want to run websites that are highly-available, fast, and secure. But their budgets for technology deployments are often limited," notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst, for Enterprise Voice & Data at Infonetics Research. "KEMP's LoadMaster products allow SMBs to balance price and performance, by offering advanced features such as SSL offloading, and the new caching, compression and IPS features, at an affordable price point."


"From day one, KEMP has been focused on the SMB market. We have a clear understanding of their business needs, and the IT requirements for managing their web and application infrastructure," states Kevin Mahon, president of KEMP. "Our main objective is to look at how we can continue to improve our product functionality, while maintaining the price/performance that SMB customers require."

The LoadMaster IPS architecture leverages the hardware-based SSL acceleration that is integrated with each appliance. This enables application-layer threats that arrive via HTTPS (SSL) to be quickly detected, with the same performance as applications that arrive via HTTP.

With a rule-based engine designed to import security rules in the industry-standard SNORT database format, the LoadMaster IPS provides KEMP customers with complete flexibility and vendor independence in forming and maintaining their security policy. There is no recurring fee associated with the LoadMaster IPS engine. Prebuilt rule sets in the SNORT database format are available from Sourcefire and other third-parties under a number of free and/or fee-based licensing schemes. These user-readable and user-editable rule sets can also be customized to extend the capabilities of the LoadMaster to mitigate threats specific to custom web applications.