Kemp LoadMaster Valuable Features
I like that this is a Network Load Balancer that can be used practically with any application in the backend. They have how-to guides on how to set up Kemp NLB with Exchange, but you can use it as well for Sharepoint, RDS, or any other back end server. I like that the interface is intuitive, you have the option to load an SSL certificate on it so then the traffic can be inspected there, this is especially important when you have an Exchange server or RD Gateway at the back that heavily uses SSL Certificates. It has an option to be HA so if you need you can set up two of them to be up and running at the same time in Active-Active fashion.View full review »
- Installation: The software looks simple but can provide very complex solutions. The installation is really easy if you have a virtual environment (e.g. VMware).
- Configuration: The configuration is really easy and the web portal is self-explanatory.
- Features: Proxy and load balancing are valuable features. We are only using it for Exchange load balancing, and it works great.
- Tech support: Their technical support is excellent. We have 24-hour tech support. They are very knowledgeable and ready to help.
I have not seen a product that is as simple to use as this.View full review »
One of the most valuable features I like is the ability to block specific cipher suites like RC4, and older protocols like SSL 3.0. We were also able to block TLS1.3 as it was causing issues with Android phones connecting to Skype and we could do that with one checkbox in one place.
Another nice feature is the ability to introduce new servers into an application without the need to do interruptive forklift changes to our most critical applications.
It is also easy to apply our wildcard certificate in one place and it is instantly used by all of the sites that point to it at once.View full review »
Most valuable features of the KEMP Loadmaster:
ready-made templates for various well-known applications
stability of the product View full review »
ready-made templates for various well-known applications
stability of the product View full review »
The feature that allows us to easily disconnect a server when we need and bring back online is the most valuable. It's a click of a button. This allows us to keep all systems up. We can then run updates, perform reboots whatever we need to one of the servers without taking production down.
In the old days, we had to kill both servers and reboot only at a certain time. Now, we can do it as we please, and when the server comes back up, we check to see if the green button shows and we move onto the next. This feature allows us to do work and keep things running.
Persistence is very valuable. This holds the connection information of the source and that connection is important to RDP and our APO calls. The connection has to be persisted to the original source to operate properly. We also use the subsections for sub-services to create services inside our services for our API resources, this is most awesome. We would not be able to do this without Kemp and offer this type of sub-service to route based on an API instance. It routes the traffic properly based on the sub-service type.View full review »
Manager of Technology Architecture and Information Security at J.F. Shea Co., Inc.
The templates provided by Kemp for well-known applications like Exchange and SharePoint make these applications very easy to deploy. When the templates are used, there is not much left to configure and they just work!
I have used and evaluated templates from other load balancing vendors, but still required extra help from a technician just to make the application work correctly. This is a little frustrating sometimes since you would think that the template should just work.
I have not had any issues with any of the LoadMaster templates at all.View full review »
The most valuable feature so far has been the high-availability options that allowed us to add an additional Kemp LoadMaster VLM virtual appliance into our VMware vSphere environment, to provide failover for our existing LoadMaster. We have never run into any service-impacting issues with the appliance itself, but having a second one allows us to reduce the downtime associated with maintenance upgrades to zero.
I also appreciate the online licensing feature, which lets us update and install licenses on the appliances by simply logging into our KempID account. It was nice not to have to fuss with licensing and key file download/uploads.View full review »
The load balancing features of the LoadMaster are the best we have used.
Failover is seamless and our services are rock solid. Kemp maintains a library of templates pre-configured for a number of services, including Microsoft Skype for Business Server. This makes configuring the virtual services very easy. It also makes it very easy to add additional virtual services as you find new use cases. The convenience of being able to download new or updated templates from Kemp's support site cannot be understated.View full review »
The Virtual Service setup, maintenance & monitoring, the straightforward setup, ease of configuration changes, and simple investigation of issues are the most valuable features.
The ability to rapidly and without interruption, redirect traffic from place to place, set up testing environments, and use as a tool to eliminate variables in downstream application/real Servers when they are having issues are also valuable.
The true real-time monitoring of service interruptions downstream have been a very valuable tool for us when troubleshooting end to end transmission issues.View full review »
The most valuable feature is the load balancing and allowing for high availability of our web services. If we need a maintenance window to apply updates to any of our infrastructure that would normally be service-impacting or require extensive steps to prevent it from being service-impacting, is now simplified to "it just works".
Also, what makes it very valuable is the fact that Kemp listens to its customer base. You have the ability to request new features and it does not fall on deaf ears. The development team is very responsive and accommodating to their customers.View full review »
With the move from our second Exchange server to the second data center, the GEO function allows the Kemp LoadMaster / Balancer to work together.
We originally deployed Kemp when we had both Exchange servers at one site. That was good to start with, but as we upgraded to Exchange 2016, we needed to have devices that would handle this increased functionality. The GEO functionality made this happen, allowing the two devices to see each other and determine the failover in either a Disaster Recover of software patch scenario.View full review »
Head Of Technology at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It has been functional. We don't have any outages.View full review »
IT Engineer at AIS
The load-balancing is the biggest feature, of course. It just works. If one CAS goes down, Kemp will still deliver to the other server. It is the same with multiple mailbox servers. If one goes down then mail can still be delivered, due to the fact that Kemp is handling the communications.
Updates are easy to apply and don't cause downtime as long as you have two load-balancers.
The product also allows us to limit certain services on the Exchange server. Allows more control and Access Control Lists (ACLs) for internal and or external access. Instead of making changes in IIS on a server, you can have Kemp control it.View full review »
The most valuable feature is that load-balancing, as Kemp helps to maintain the uptime from the e-mail servers.
If we have or need a maintenance window for one of the other e-mail servers, Kemp will still deliver your e-mail traffic to the other server. It just works.
It is easy to apply windows updates to your Exchange environment, and using the Kemp Load Balancer made it easier to handle.
Another great feature is the ability to use the Kemp Load Balancer virtual appliance in our VMware environment.View full review »
The user interface is very easy to work with. We did not have to hire outside services to implement what we figured out ourselves and saved plenty of money.
Network and System Administrator at Guardian Capital Group Ltd
ESP gives us peace of mind because it has taken over from Microsoft's Threat Management Gateway (reverse proxy) solution. It also alerts us if there are attempted security breaches so that we can be sure we are safe.
The DNS Load Balancer makes it so that I don't have to worry about site failures. As it manages both our external DNS and internal DNS queries, we can failover to the individual sites as required. This is true for site failures as well as planned maintenance.
We also use the Kemp 360 Vision, which monitors our services from an external perspective and alerts us via SMS and email, so I know if things go down.View full review »
For now, the reverse proxy feature is a great feature used to protect my public-facing servers. It is configured to restrict/control certain protocols from hitting my actual servers.
Though not a feature of the product, tech support from the company is also a feature as part of the overall solution that is very valuable. I was able to get in touch with an engineer within a few minutes of calling the support line. I was able to resolve my issue pretty quickly once we restructured a few things within the environment.View full review »
The most valuable features for us are the Load Balancing and Web Application Firewall, as we have a lot of web applications. It was difficult to meet the high availability without doubling most of the work. With the WAF, we can publish without risking our infrastructure being internet-facing.
The following features are also valuable:
- TLS (SSL) Offload
- Layer 7 Content Switching
- High Availability (Active/Standby)
- Health Checking
- Permit /Deny Access Control Lists
- IP address filtering
- IPsec Tunnel support
- DDoS mitigation, including L7 rate-based attacks
- IPSec VPN to Azure, AWS, vCloud Air public clouds
- Authenticated NTP
The most valuable feature is the reverse proxy with ESP since it protects forms and provides authentication of web services.
When you configure the listening services, you can implement a lot of security features like the Edge Security Pack that intercepts the requests and processes those before they are sent to the real servers.
There's an integrated Web Application Firewall module that you can activate to protect your online services. The module has an auto-update feature, where Kemp pushes the latest rules automatically to protect you against new threats.View full review »
The base feature of Kemp LoadMaster load balancing ticks all the boxes but the most valuable features would be the security features Intrusion Prevention (IPS) and Web Application Firewall (WAF). Both the features are not only reliable and stable but being an integrated solution makes troubleshooting and pinpointing the issue much easier than fumbling around on different devices/logs. The RESTful and PowerShell APIs are definitely come handy in this automation era and makes network development easy.View full review »
The most valuable feature that I found is the load balancing feature, it is the core function of the product.
The load balancer is stable and met the customer's expectations. So far, there have not been any issues reported on the basic load balancing functions.
Besides that, there is also a load balancing mode that fits into the customer's requirements. This also gives more choice for the customer to change their load balancing mode in the future due to the yearly improvement of the audit requirement.View full review »
We leverage HTTP/HTTPS load balancing, WAF, and DNS load balancing the most. We have found Kemp to be the most reliable for these services and have not had any issues at all.
The Global WAF has saved us more than one time from unwanted traffic.
HTTPS/HTTP balancing has been smooth and Kemp handles extremely high traffic loads with ease. We really also like the ability to do LDAP/LDAPS balancing for our internal customers. This allows for a more smooth experience for our end users and for our internal applications.View full review »
The most valuable features are synchronizing email with mobile devices and synchronizing with Outlook.View full review »
This product has good network management for command-based operating systems like Linux.
Managing and maintaining multiple servers is done in a single place.
Most of the networking commands are accessible with the UI, including complete tasks such as closing or opening ports. This makes it simple and clean.
Major roll-on load-balancing with multiple servers and a security layer with VIP gives more security for our servers.View full review »
Network Administrator at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
I like the way this solution handles multiple SSLs in different domains while still load balancing. I find that to be a very interesting feature.View full review »
The features we have found most valuable would be the Kemp 360, which helps narrow down the logging.
You can filter and review which IPs are causing issues.
I also like how there are templates for various types of technologies, such as RDP, Exchange, etc. It helps tremendously when making sure that everything is configured.View full review »
The security features, load balancing, built-in templates, and the easy to implement virtual IPs are great. It allows us to accomplish our goals with one application.View full review »
The most valuable features for us are the web balancing and remote access balancing - the product is flawless in regard to these things. The installation is very simple and I like the interface.
Load-balancing is a great feature that is very easy to configure and it is always working fine.
If you find that something is not working you can make a feature request. A few weeks later, the feature could be implemented with a new update.
Installing updates is very easy and always works well.
The response time after a reboot is good.View full review »
Ease to use is the most valuable feature.View full review »
Senior Consultant at Base It
The security features are the most valuable features of this solution.
It works very well. It's a good product that has good support.View full review »