Providing access to resources on a group of servers in such a way that the workload of serving clients is shared among the servers. Numerous vendors supply hardware and software-based load balancing solutions for enterprise networking.
Microsoft in particular implements various forms of load balancing in its products, including the following:
Various network devices can also implement load balancing. For example, routers use load balancing when routing tables indicate that two or more routes to a destination have the same cost. This use of routers allows you to use different LAN segments more effectively, resulting in greater availability of overall network bandwidth.