elastic load balancing

Elastic load balancing (ELB) is a load balancing solution that automatically scales its request-handling capacity in response to incoming application traffic. 

ELB solutions often provide scalable  cloud computing capacity.

Historically, load balancing divides the amount of work that a computer has to do among multiple computers so that users, in general, get served faster. ELB offers enhanced features including:

ELB optimizes fault tolerance by adjusting capacity according to incoming application traffic. Users can enable ELB within a single availability zone or across multiple availability zones to maintain consistent application performance.

The most well-known ELB solution is Amazon's EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud). However, other vendors have also offered ELB in recent years. ScaleBase offers an ELB solution with real-time elasticity, which simplifies the ability to scale the MySQL RDBMS (relational database management system) without requiring infrastructure changes or taking services offline.

This was last updated in May 2012
Posted by: Margaret Rouse
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