Definition
SIP Load Balancing
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A strategy utilized within a business's IT infrastructure to distribute SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) traffic evenly across data center servers. Used to increase network reliability by avoiding performance issues such as traffic bottlenecks and server crashes. Also protects business-sensitive data from attacks by malicious traffic by maintaining a secure network access environment.

Organizations implementing an SIP load balancing solution will benefit from the optimal utilization of server resources by handling inbound traffic in a manner that is as efficient as possible. By evenly distributing SIP traffic to appropriate servers, load balancing works to avoid backups, connection failures and crashes. Along with enhancing performance through traffic management, load balancing also helps protect a company's network against potential traffic threats. By preventing traffic bottlenecks and server crashes, business-sensitive data is kept from being exposed to harmful security issues such as Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. In order for organizations to continually benefit from their SIP load balancing solution, it should be scalable enough to handle not only the current amount of traffic encountered on their system but also be able to accommodate increases in traffic. When a load balancing solution is implemented properly, businesses can benefit from network performance optimization and added system security.

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