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IBM iFlow Director: Smarter Networking Load Balancing for the IBM BladeCenter

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Reduce complexity and costs associated with appliance sprawl by consolidating on an IBM BladeCenter platform with a high-performance, low-latency statistical load balancer integrated into a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) blade switch: IBM iFlow Director. The IBM iFlow Director is designed to deliver high availability, scalability and lower cost of ownership for wireless gateways, security gateways, traffic management, service differentiation, lawful interception and network surveillance solutions.

Networks are changing. Voice, video, storage and data are quickly converging onto a single backbone. Growth in cloud services and Web 2.0 multimedia content is pushing bandwidth demand to the network edge. The convergence of fixed and mobile networks to a common next-generation network Interface Protocol (IP) infrastructure is driving exponential growth in network traffic. Threats due to malicious attacks are increasing, and both businesses and consumers are demanding that their service providers incorporate more defenses into the network. As a result, there is a growing demand for network appliance vendors who provide traffic inspection, bandwidth optimization, security and lawful interception services to offer gateway solutions at high-speed traffic choke points.

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