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Coyote Point Unveils Equalizer Series V8.0

The appliances offer server cluster surge protection, add Akamai compatibility, offer Microsoft Web Outlook Access support, and provide HTTP compression.

Coyote Point Systems has released its biggest upgrade for its Equalizer Series V8.0 of load balancing and acceleration appliances.

The upgrades, announced at Interop New York this week, aim to improve user experience and the amount of resources needed to run the equalizers, which perform application load balancing, traffic management, compression, and acceleration. They also increase acceleration, offer server cluster surge protection, add Akamai compatibility, offer Microsoft Web Outlook Access support, and provide HTTP compression.

Coyote Point targets the small to midsize enterprise market, offering gear with pre-programmed applications that increase server availability and scalability for clusters of up to 512 servers with unlimited capacity for virtualization. CEO Bill Kish said during an interview Thursday that the company developed the upgrades based on customer feedback.

"Our challenge for Equalizer V8.0 was to refine and simplify the user experience and make advanced features, such as HTTP compression, function in an intuitive way," said Kish, whose company title is Alpha Coyote. "We believe that Equalizer Series V8.0 is clearly best in class in addressing the small/medium enterprise's needs [for] non-stop Web application acceleration, availability, and ease of use. MEs want all the features, performance, and reliability that the enterprise needs, but they can't necessarily afford the budget, dedicated staff, or extra cycles required to install, configure, and maintain other vendors' complex and expensive application delivery systems."

The company offers round-the-clock support. Its systems can be programmed to alternate servers based on Web traffic, or they can send particular applications to particular servers, so the most powerful servers in a data center can perform the most intense and complex tasks. They can shift work from server to server or from one data center to another, which means they can improve server efficiency, prevent failures, and shift resources during or after an emergency.

"Coyote Point Systems is the only load balancing system that worked for us, and we tested a few," said Neil Ghuman, IT Manager for More Power Racing, an online dealer of high-end gear for cars, trucks, and motorcycles. "Our customers are performance freaks, and we need our Web site to run reliably at top speed."

All Equalizer V8 enhancements work across Coyote Point's Equalizer Series line of load balancing systems as well as with the company's Envoy geoclustering, Xcel SSL acceleration, and new Express HTTP compression add-on modules.

Coyote Point says the new series increases performance up to Accelerated Performance: Enhancements to improve performance by up to 100% and include Layer 4/7 header performance as well a new HTTP content compression card that improves download speeds by up to five times their previous rate. The new V8 series includes an Xcel II SSL accelerator card for faster SSL encryption, offload, and acceleration. Both Xcel SSL accelerator and Express compression cards can be combined on the same platform.

Equalizer's SSL offloading now provides the ability to specify the insertion of an HTTPS header to work with applications such as Microsoft Outlook Web Access (OWA) that normally will accept only HTTPS connections. Coyote Point also has added Web Performance Management via compatibility with Akamai-powered Content Distribution Networks.

Multiple client requests may be pipelined within a single connection, and each request may contain a cookie specifying a particular server in the cluster. Equalizer V8.0 can be enabled to open as many server connections as necessary to satisfy all pipelined requests, according to Coyote Point.

A "Server Down Flag" alerts the Equalizer Series system to send a TCP reset packet to any client that has an open connection to a downed server. The series offers enhanced images for debugging to help diagnose software problems. A new browser interface manages system date and time settings as well as Network Time Protocol configuration. The system also improves access control, as well as plotting for automatic and manual scaling.

Coyote Point's Equalizer Series systems equipped with V8.0 are available now, and V8.0 is downloadable on demand by Coyote Point customers with a valid support contract.

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