Server Load Balancing, Content Switching & SSL Acceleration for Healthcare, Hospitals

Load Balancers for Healthcare & Hospitals

KEMP's Healthcare Load Balancer and ADC solutions help ensure high availability and proper functionality for critical e-healthcare applications. Deploying high-performance, high-availability e-healthcare applications now using KEMP the #1 Price/performance Load Balancers and ADC's

Advances in the medical arena are commonplace. E-Healthcare is rapidly becoming one of those advances - so rapid, in fact, that it has caught up to, and moved beyond the “buzz” that surrounded it in the late 1990s. Hospitals are deploying networked applications to compile computer-based patient records, to schedule physicians and facilities throughout the campus, to archive digital images, to support telemedicine programs, and to improve a host of other day-to-day operations.

In hospitals all around the world, real benefits are being achieved as these e-Healthcare applications have become more powerful and sophisticated, and the web and application infrastructure supporting them has become more efficient and cost-effective. Costs are being reduced, because processes are being streamlined, business operations are becoming more efficient, and patients are receiving more immediate and more effective care. More than anything else, e-Healthcare simply improves the way hospitals work.

Deploying high-performance, high-availability e-healthcare applications presents a unique set of technical and business challenges to the design and management of the underlining network infrastructure. In terms of technology, inadequate server capacity, scalability concerns, and fault-tolerant reliability, as well as the increasing size and complexity of e-healthcare applications continue to place added pressures on an already over-burdened IT staff and budget.

Ensuring proper functionality and availability of critical applications that must be continuously up-and-running, while providing optimum performance is the key factor to the success of any e-healthcare initiative. Users of these applications must be provided with a consistently positive experience, both in terms of performance and accessibility. Sluggishness in performance or inability to access critical data such as patient records in a timely manner may prove disastrous.

During the past five years, application delivery controllers and server load balancers have emerged as one of the most important technologies in solving the problem of performance and accessibility for mission critical applications. In its most basic form, a load balancer provides the ability to direct users to the best performing, accessible server. Should one of the servers (or applications on that server) become inaccessible, the load balancer will take that server off-line, while automatically re-routing users to other functioning servers. In addition, using various load balancing algorithms, an intelligent load balancer can distribute users to servers that offer the best possible performance by dynamically interrogating key server elements such as number of concurrent connections and CPU/memory utilization. To further enhance the user experience, more advanced load balancers can provide SSL acceleration by offloading security encryption/decryption processes from application servers, thereby dramatically increasing their performance, while decreasing the time and costs associated with certificate management.

For years, large corporations and institutions with mission-critical application initiatives were able to take advantage of server load balancing technology to significantly improve performance, availability and scalability of their applications. However, at an average cost of over $40,000 per each redundant configuration, deploying intelligent server load balancing required fairly deep pockets. For a small-to-medium sized hospital or healthcare facility, the high cost of acquisition has placed this technology out of reach, thereby significantly hampering their efforts in taking advantage of e-healthcare applications.

However, that has all changed with KEMP Technologies' introduction of the LoadMaster. Integrating powerful, stable, full-featured application delivery and server load balancing with the latest advancements in layer-7 content switching and SSL acceleration technologies, KEMP has the ideal product for healthcare providers.