Effective High Availability With 2X RAS

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Domain name service (DNS) redirection was one of the options for IT administrators to handle loads of traffic in the past. However, the cloud computing revolution changed this scenario. Cloud computing technology offers several benefits to businesses of all sizes. One significant benefit is the high availability architecture that handles load balancing effectively. With a correctly configured load balancer in place, businesses can achieve greater levels of redundancy, scalability and resource optimization while securely managing virtual applications. When the workload is evenly distributed, resources are utilized fully and the end user gains a better user experience. With business continuity resulting in increased revenue for organizations, it is a win-win situation.

Challenges of Load Balancing

Microsoft Network Load Balancing is a feature offered in Microsoft Server 2012 R2 edition. While Microsoft NLB offers load balancing features, there are certain limitations to it. It checks whether individual servers are connected, but does not provide automatic failure protection in the event of a system failure. Moreover, load balancing is not included in the MS 2012 R2 regular edition; you have to install Microsoft NLB separately to take advantage of the high availability architecture. When compared with earlier versions, MS 2012 R2 seems to be less complicated to install and configure, but you still need a certain level of expertise to handle the installation and configuration of this version. Additionally, you need to install various components that serve different purposes.

High Availability Architecture with 2X RAS

2X RAS effectively addresses load balancing issues to provide high availability architecture to businesses of all sizes. Firstly, it is simple and easy to install and configure. By following the step-by-step wizard, you can quickly activate and run the application in five minutes. You don’t need technical expertise, dedicated hardware or complex networking configuration to set up this tool. By default, load balancing is enabled for all servers: the load balancer proactively monitors servers across the site and intelligently distributes the load among the servers according to their availability. 2X RAS supports round robin as well as resource-based load balancing. This high availability architecture provides business continuity and thereby increased revenues as well.

To ensure complete terminal server redundancy, 2X RAS checks all the applications on each server before sending a connection. Moreover, it comes with automatic system protection. Setting up of cluster machines is easy. You can hide backend server terminals and provide remote access to gateway machines. You don’t need Microsoft Session Directory Services as 2X RAS makes it easy to reconnect the user to the same session.

2X RAS is a one-stop solution for the remote desktop services needs of businesses of all sizes.

 

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High availability : Load Balancing (Computing) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | wikipedia.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Load_balancing_(computing)

High availability : What is Load Balancing? | citrix.com

http://www.citrix.com/glossary/load-balancing.html

High availability : Networking Load Balancing Overview | technet.microsoft.com

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-in/library/hh831698.aspx

High availability : Network Load Balancing cluster modes: advantages and disadvantages | searchwindowsserver.techtarget.com

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High availability : Network Load Balancing Step-by-Step Guide: Configuring Network Load Balancing with Terminal Services | technet.microsoft.com

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771300%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

 

Sean Bianco is the marketing documentalist and technical writer at Parallels. With a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Networking and a three year background in software quality assurance testing and usability engineering, Sean is a subject matter expert in mobility and smartphone, app and device management. He is well-versed in developing technical articles and determining market trends. His excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with emphasis on understanding relationships between technical problems, result in sound and effective business solutions.