FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Slashdot Effect Obsolete
New E-commerce Infrastructure Available from Red Hill Networks
Tustin, CA, January 25, 2000
E-commerce depends on reliable web servers. But web servers go down--costing
e-commerce providers millions of dollars annually. Red Hill Networks, the e-commerce
infrastructure start-up behind the WebSpray tool, today released WebMux and WebMux Pro.
WebMux is an integrated load balancing solution which, deployed by ASP and Web farm
providers, will significantly reduce downtime for e-commerce sites. In the past, when
too many users have tried to go to the same Web site at the same time, the Web site
became overloaded--a problem popularly known as the "Slashdot effect", and responsible
for millions of dollars annually in lost revenues and expensive hardware upgrades.
WebMux, based on a proprietary Red Hill algorithm optimized to process large numbers of
simultaneous Web requests, was designed as a scalable and flexible solution to the
Slashdot effect. The algorithm allows WebMux to process incoming traffic and distribute
it across an array of linked computers, effectively turning a web farm into a single
parallel supercomputer. WebMux's diskless architecture works in tandem with this parallel
array, efficiently processing and routing the IP traffic to serve up fresh content at high
speeds with little downtime. A built-in sensor checks at layers four and above to determine
what kind of traffic is incoming--from Web surfing to file transfers. And persistent
connection support makes sure that cookies and other personalized user interaction stays
personalized. Beside the Web hosting sector, analysts expect WebMux to have the greatest
impact on the growing Applications Service Provider (ASP) market. As ASPs come online
with customized solutions that take advantage of broadband connectivity, the need for
reliable infrastructure that can quickly be expanded is growing. The new WebMux offering
will allow Red Hill to provide one-stop shopping for ASPs looking to ensure their reliability.
Red Hill Networks has already won industry acclaim in this area through WebSpray, a Web
server-testing tool that combines a point-and-click interface with the ability to simulate up
to 1000 clients from multiple IP addresses. For a limited time, WebSpray will be provided
free of charge to WebMux users, according to the Red Hill announcement. Among WebMux's other
features are an easy, secure management interface which allows the load balancer to be handled
from anywhere on the Internet, and firewall protection, including Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
technology, TCP SYN protection, and Network Address Translation (NAT). WebMux Pro offers
additional fault tolerant protection through an intelligent secondary load balancer that
automates the configuration process.
WebMux and WebMux Pro will be made available through leading worldwide distributor TechData, a
Red Hill partner and Fortune 500 Company. Through its business-to-business infrastructure portal,
TechData distributes to over 70 countries and serves over 100,000 resellers worldwide.
About Red Hill Networks, Inc.
Red Hill Networks is a Tustin; California based e-commerce infrastructure, which specializes
in web server reliability solutions. In addition to WebMux and WebSpray, Red Hill is the
company behind firewall box FireSafe and upgradeable network router IntelliRoute 7000.
WebMux and WebMux Pro are trademarks of Red Hill Networks, Inc.
For more information, please contact:
CAI Networks, Inc.
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