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Kemp Releases Hyper-V Load Balancer for Exchange 2010

At this week's Microsoft Tech-Ed conference in Atlanta, Kemp Technologies released its Virtual LoadMaster Exchange for Hyper-V, a load-balancer designed to work exclusively with Exchange 2010 and Microsoft's hypervisor.

Kemp, which produces load-balancing appliances, released a load-balancer optimized solely for Exchange 2010 in April. The new product is the same appliance set up as a virtual machine turned only to run with Hyper-V.

Peter Melerud, vice president of product management at Kemp, said at Tech-Ed this week that while the new product might serve only a "niche within a niche," he is confident that the ease of deploying the appliance for both Exchange 2010 and Hyper-V will appeal to customers.

"We saw a lot of our customers buying our products to load-balance Microsoft Exchange servers," Melerud said. "The architecture of Exchange in 2010 requires that you go to an external load balancer. We think the Exchange 2010 market is big enough to justify this very app-specific technology. We see that most customers who are virtualizing their Exchange deployments are doing it in Hyper-V."

The ultra-specific nature of the product is a major differentiator, Melerud said. VLM-Exchange is "optimized and preconfigured for Exchange services," he said. "When you buy a generic load-balancer, you have to do all [of the optimization]."

Melerud continued, "We are basically banking on the fact that there would be a pretty large number of Microsoft Exchange customers doing the migrations. We see how Microsoft is seeing this market, and we're trying to piggyback on that effort. We're seeing the writing on the wall that this is a big deal."

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Lee Pender is the executive features editor of Redmond magazine. You can reach him at lpender@redmondmag.com or follow him on Twitter.

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