Traffic Load Balancing Techniques

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  • Increasing number of users and data hungry applications in networks today demand more network throughput than they did years ago. Global IP Internet traffic increased 34% from 10,942 Petabyte per month in 2009 to 47,176 Petabyte per month in 2014, (Cisco Systems, 2010, p. 7). While network speeds do not double every two years like number of transistors on a chip (Moore’s Law observation), keeping up with throughput requirement demands efficient network design. Load balancing provides efficient distribution of network traffic to increase throughput in a network. Careful network planning needs to be in place to implement load-balancing techniques as well. Middle boxes like hardware load balancers are another solution to provide redundancy and network load balancing. They are also known as layer 4-7 routers (Caforilo, 2007). These hardware devices prove to be fast and reliable. But they have limited use cases: mainly in hosted environments. *Publication date not found.

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