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Rackspace rolls out load balancers

Rackspace has released load balancers for its cloud and dedicated servers, in order to provide greater scalability and availability to data hosted on them.The Rackspace Cloud Load Balancers, released on Tuesday, are designed to increase the scalability of applications by automatically distributing loads between multiple servers.
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Written by Jack Clark, Reporter on

Rackspace has released load balancers for its cloud and dedicated servers, in order to provide greater scalability and availability to data hosted on them.

The Rackspace Cloud Load Balancers, released on Tuesday, are designed to increase the scalability of applications by automatically distributing loads between multiple servers. The service went on sale on a pay-as-you-use basis to US customers, but no UK release date was announced.

“Load balancing is a fundamental component for companies that host applications in the cloud,” said Josh Odom, product line leader of platform for the Rackspace Cloud, in a statement.

The load balancers use technology from Zeus Technology and provide features such as static IP addresses, built-in high availability and access via both a control panel and an API.

Rackspace rival Amazon Web Services introduced its own load balancer service — Elastic Load Balancing — in 2009.

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