Yup! That’s right. Now, if you’re website hasn’t changed much in the last 5 years you may be “okay.” But,  if like most folks you’ve made your website a lot richer and more interactive by incorporating Web 2.0 technologies, you’re gonna want to toss out that old load balancer. Back when web pages consisted of little more than text and images, you could get by with a simple load balancer. They provided Layer 4 switching and basic Layer 7 content switching, and were effective in spreading requests across back-end server farms. Some even provided SSL offloading to take the burden of SSL encryption/decryption from web servers. Unfortunately, these basic capabilities just aren’t enough anymore for today’s complex web apps that incorporate video, JavaScript, XML and various other components. Today’s web apps need much more than what traditional load balancers provide – they need advanced application delivery and optimization features to offer users the best and most secure experience.

Much like web apps have evolved, load balancers also need to evolve to remain relevant. At Synergy 2010, Ryan Potter, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager for Citrix NetScaler and myself will be presenting a session on what features and capabilities are required to optimally deliver, accelerate and secure modern web applications. We’ll show you how these “advanced” load balancers or application delivery controllers can optimize each component of your web application to deliver the best user experience, save on web infrastructure costs and ensure that sensitive data is protected. So, if you’re coming to Synergy in May come check out our session: SYN 218: If the load balancer ain’t broken, it’s time to fix it.