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Load Balancers – Snapt; The Why & What For.

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Today’s blog is the start of 4 posts in this series for SNAPT; one of our tech vendors. Over the coming posts we’ll be looking at:

  • LB (Load Balancers)
  • WA (Web Accelerator)
  • WAF (Web Access Firewall) and
  • PC (Proxy Cache) services

These posts will also be followed up with how-to videos via our KB (Knowledge Base) showcasing how to set up and use the Snapt suit of products.

In this post we’ll be taking a high-level look specifically at the Snapt virtualised LB (Load Balancer) product that’s available through the (vh) cloud for both Virtual Data Center & Virtual Dedicated Server services.

First a little info about Snapt

Snapt develop high-end solutions for application delivery utilizing open source software – enabling your business to benefit from the best technology while still getting the business features you need.

With clients such as NASA & Intel SNAPT has grown into a trusted industry leader in their field.

If you would like to read a little more about SNAPT you can review their company profile on our Tech Vendors page SNAPT or directly on snapt.net.

Here’s a simple overview video of how a LB (Load Balancer) works, why you need one and what it can do for your applications.

Load Balancer Benefits

Guarantee Service Uptime

Configuring multiple backend servers to share application loads combined with your Snapt Load Balancer increases your applications uptime availability. Companies needing greater uptime can further extend uptime by adding redundant Load Balancers spanning geographical locations to distribute traffic for Disaster Recovery and failover allowing you to guarantee 99.99999% application availability.

Scale Out Services

Scaling out is the new black. Design your applications to replicate and stream data between backend servers from the get go and seamlessly add more to your cluster without downtime, add another web, DB or customised server to an LB group and watch application performance grow on-the-fly.


Virtualising your Load Balancer minimises downtime with no single point of failure. Redundancies are built into every aspect of your (vh) cloud. Multiple backend servers, HA (High Availability) and vMotion make up just a few components to keep your applications running 24×7.

Load Balancer Applications

  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Multiple Web Servers HTTP & HTTPS
  • SSL Proxy
  • Multiple DataBase servers
  • RDP – Remote Desktop Protocol
  • + Your own custom applications

The Techie Stuff

  • Snapt LB’s base config BRONZE package can handle a min of 45k requests per second
  • Layer 7 Switching with up to 5 backend servers
  • Balance http, https, vpn or any TCP/ IP traffic using a specific port
  • Detailed performance Analytics with the ability to plug into your CloudFlare account for a single pane of glass overview
  • SSL Offloading & Acceleration
  • Balancing Methods – Round Robin, Least Connections, Source Hash, RDP Cookies & Cookie Insertion
  • HTTP Analyzer
  • + More

Virtualised Snapt Load balancers come with all required hardware resources, LB license and nightly backups included.

Heres a great LB InfoGraphic for our App Developers and IT Consultants.

Load Balancer InfoGraphic

Load Balancer InfoGraphic

Next Steps?

Check out How To Setup a basic Web Server Load Balancer Group from our KB.

Drop us a comment in the post if you have any questions or use the green button below to send an email for information about implementing a solution for your business or clients.

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With over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, Gerardo Altman is a key solutions architect and MD of Velocity Host, an Australian-based IaaS - Infrastructure As A Service provider specialising in enterprise cloud solutions.