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ALSO CALLED: Web Load Balancing, Workload Balancing, Server Load Balancing, SLB, Network Load Balancing, Server Workload Balancing, Load Balancer, Round Robin DNS
DEFINITION: Load balancing is dividing the amount of work that a computer has to do between two or more computers so that more work gets done in the same amount of time and, in general, all users get served faster. Load balancing can be implemented with hardware, software, or a combination of both. Typically, load balancing is the main reason for computer server clustering. On the Internet, companies whose  … 
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A Unified Approach to Workload Lifecycle Management
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WHITE PAPER: New workload profiling and portability technologies are transforming data center operations. Find out why organizations should consider adopting a unified approach to managing workloads in the data center.
Posted: 03 Aug 2007 | Published: 01 Aug 2007

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Five Steps to a Green Data Center
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Why Application Virtualization is the Next Big Thing
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WHITE PAPER: Updates to operating systems, patching or user customizations require tweaks to configurations making applications management and delivery unbearable. Learn how application virtualization provides the foundation to eliminate these problems.
Posted: 16 Apr 2007 | Published: 01 Apr 2007

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Implementation Study: Dell IT Scales Supply Chain Management with Oracle Database 10g and Real Application Clusters
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WHITE PAPER: Learn how Dell IT made the transition from proprietary Unix-based servers to running mission critical supply chain management applications on standards-based servers to avoid significant expenditures, increase server uptime, and improve scalability.
Posted: 09 Mar 2007 | Published: 01 Jan 2007

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IPv6 - Bridging the Gap to Tomorrow
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WHITE PAPER: This paper details a new solution that provides a bridge between traditional packet switching networks and the applications that run on them. Learn how to make a smooth transition from IPv4 to IPv6 now.
Posted: 17 Nov 2006 | Published: 01 Aug 2006

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Choosing a Load Testing Strategy
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WHITE PAPER: Compromising performance testing means applications are prone to failure, users cannot trust them, and developers and IT spend their time chasing problems rather than building the next generation application.
Posted: 24 May 2006 | Published: 01 Apr 2006

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LOAD BALANCING DEFINITION (continued): …  Web sites get a great deal of traffic usually use load balancing. For load balancing Web traffic, there are several approaches. For Web serving, one approach is to route each request in turn to a different server host address in a domain name system (DNS) table, round-robin fashion. Usually, if two servers are used to balance a work load, a third server is needed to determine which server to assign the work to. Since load balancing requires multiple servers, it is usually combined with failover and backup services. In some approaches, the servers are distributed over different geographic locations. … 
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