Microsoft® Lync 2013™ provides an enterprise-ready unified communications platform for engaging, accessible and interactive collaboration from virtually any location and any device. For IT organizations, the highly secure and reliable Lync architecture allows for seamless integration with existing collaboration tools, reduced management complexity and flexible deployment options.

Lync 2013 brings improved scalability and new features such as persistent chat, Lync Web App and a Plug-In specialized for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. These, along with additional new client features provide for more productivity and enables users to stay connected.

A full Enterprise deployment of Microsoft Lync Server typically includes multiple application instances in Edge, Front-End, Director, Mediation and Office Web Apps server pools. To provide high availability and accessibility for these critical server roles, load balancing is required to intelligently distribute traffic, detect failures and ensure that client requests are always serviced by healthy servers.

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Microsoft Lync Server 2013 support DNS load balancing for some infrastructure components and external load balancing for others such as web services. These methods can be used together across the Lync infrastructure to provide a highly available and scalable deployment. Lync also requires Reverse Proxy services for publishing https services.

Kemp LoadMaster™ combines a comprehensive feature set, reverse proxy functionality, an intuitive user interface and Lync-specific application templates to simplify and speed the deployment for Lync 2013 infrastructures. LoadMaster’s™ Layer 7 application awareness ensures that server instances with inaccessible services are taken offline and that client requests are automatically re-routed to other functioning servers, preventing downtime and outages.

To learn more about how LoadMaster can help to keep your Lync 2013 deployment highly performing and available Contact Kemp.