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KEMP Takes Load Balancing To School

Load balancer and application delivery controller provider KEMP Technologies ( has announced it has received a passing grade for its products deployed in schools from kindergarten to university, delivering secure and reliable Web services to students and faculty.

KEMP's affordable LoadMaster devices, according to the company's announcement Tuesday, have been providing the backbone for educational institutions' trying to meet the challenges of delivering web-based services that have become crucial to not only highly technical colleges, but also primary schools.

With enrolement of more than 2,000, the Holland Christian School system could be considered has adopted 15 online services including Wikis, blogs, school schedules and grade reporting available via a secure log-in. LoadMaster products, according to KEMP, help schools secure applications and eliminate traffic surges, server bottlenecks, connectivity disconnects and site downtime.

"KEMP's LoadMasters have allowed us to secure all services running on our website for students, faculty and parents," Holland Christian Schools technology coordinator Jim Peterson said in a statement. "We've been able to offer our students new online services as they start the school year due to our KEMP load balancers. The KEMP load balancers simplify any concerns about secure SSL, and make our website load balancing much easier and quicker to manage."

Prescott Valley, Arizona-based Northcentral University ( is a 100 percent distance learning institution, with the challenge of providing web infrastructure of online classrooms to almost 10,000 online students.

"We have been using the KEMP LoadMaster's for load balancing all the University's web traffic, as well as assisting with performing other administration and testing procedures on our servers," Northcentral University systems manager Jerry McArthur said in a statement. "Since the first day we installed the devices, KEMP's products have proven to be a very reliable workhorse for us...It's critical for us to have an application delivery controller in place that we know is reliable and doing everything we require without any issues."

LoadMaster products include load balancing of layers 4 to 7, content switching and server persistence, SSL offload/acceleration, WTS load balancing and persistence with session directory integration, and application front-end capabilities including caching, compression and intrusion prevention.

The WHIR TV's Anastasia Tubanos spoke with KEMP vice president of product management Peter Melerud about LoadMaster in August.

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