Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) provides a way for users to gain access to Windows applications from any location, through a variety of devices located anywhere. Kemp LoadMaster load balancer helps organizations maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their networks even when application requirements are complex.

The architecture of a typical RDS deployment consists of web access servers, security servers, connection brokers & session hosts. Kemp LoadMaster deployed as a load balancer/application delivery controller (ADC) in the underlying infrastructure provides:

  • Application Availability by optimizing traffic across available servers in the event of a RDS server outage and by offering highly available (HA) load balancer deployment
  • Application Scalability with flexible deployment options that are right sized, and do not require customers to buy expensive, over-provisioned hardware, ensuring the network only grows on demand
  • Application Resilience with geographical traffic management ensuring continued service availability in the event of a site outage
  • Application Performance Improvement by relieving servers of tasks such as TCP optimization, compression and SSL encryption processing allowing resources to be focused on delivery of remote desktop services

Kemp was the first vendor to deliver RDP-based Layer 7 load balancing and client session reconnection. Kemp LoadMaster gives application-level awareness of RDS communication flows which ensures these connections are treated properly and provides the best possible application experience. With RDS functions enabled on LoadMaster, session persistence is maintained even in the absence of Connection Brokers. Adaptive agent-based load balancing monitors resource consumption on RD Session Hosts to prevent server overloading. This is achieved by determining the tasks completed in each remote desktop instance, as opposed to strictly measuring the number of connections to a host.

Kemp LoadMaster provides high-speed load balancing, content switching, data compression, content-caching and SSL offload/acceleration to Microsoft RDS deployments. Secure access to applications is provided with additional capabilities such as Edge Security Pack (ESP) and Web Application Firewall (WAF). With its flexible deployment model, there is a cost-effective solution to meet every size and performance requirement of the user’s network architecture.

Kemp 360 Central is centralized monitoring and control of application delivery infrastructure to improve application uptime and reduce operational overheads. Multi-vendor load balancer/ADC management simplifies administration and issue resolution.

Kemp 360 Vision gives actionable insight for the always-on application delivery environment. Maximize your customer application experience with increased insight and observability driven by predictive analytics and supported by Kemp engineers.