Kemp Technologies LoadMaster 5300 review

Kemp’s flagship load balancing appliance comes with beefed up Intel Xeon processors, 8GB of RAM and 10-Gigabit support. It's also unmatched when it comes to value for money.

Price
£11,500

Kemp Technologies aims to deliver the most affordable server load balancers on the market it continues this tradition with the LoadMaster 5300.

The 5300 sports a Xeon E3 processor plus 8GB of DDR3 memory and brings 10-Gigabit (10GbE) support into the equation. You have eight Gigabit ports across the front panel and a couple of 10GbE SFP ports which accepted our Intel and Emulex 10GBase-SR transceivers without any problems.

The 5300 provides server load balancing, Layer 4/7 content switching and ASIC-based SSL acceleration for up to 9,300 TPS (transactions per second). It supports 1,000 physical and 1,000 virtual servers out-of-the-box and has a high L4 traffic throughput of 8Gbps.

Kemp Technologies - Farm physical server

Once you've created a virtual server, you can provide it with a farm of physical servers

Deployment modes

The single-arm deployment mode requires all physical and virtual servers to be on the same subnet. It only uses port Eth0 but this can be made up of a bonded link taken from any of the physical ports. To use all ports separately, the two-arm mode is required which places physical and virtual servers on separate subnets

All LoadMasters adhere to the standard concepts for server load balancing. They employ virtual servers to intercept web traffic and these are assigned to farms of physical servers where load balancing is carried out across all members.

Three installation options are available as you can use a CLI (command line interface) connection, plug in a local monitor and keyboard or point a browser at the appliance's default IP address. We opted for the latter and after applying a license file, were ready to go.

Kemp Technologies - Load balancing schedules

The LoadMaster 5300 offers eight different types of load balancing schedules

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