KEMP Technologies

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KEMP Technologies
Industry Server Networking
Founded 1 November 2000; 17 years ago (2000-11-01)[1]
Headquarters 1540 Broadway, Floor 23, New York City, New York, U.S. 10036
Key people
CEO: Ray Downes
CMO: Peter Melerud
CFO: Rich Willemin
CTO: Simon Roach
Products Cloud Load Balancing
Application delivery controller
Load balancing

KEMP Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2000 in Bethpage, New York and operates in the application delivery controller industry.[2] The company creates load balancing products which balance user traffic between multiple servers in an organization, business or managed service provider’s infrastructure.

In 2010, KEMP opened a European headquarters in Limerick, Ireland.[3] Edison Ventures, Kennet Partners and ORIX Venture Finance invested $16 million into the company for research and development, sales and marketing in early 2012.[4]

In April 2014, KEMP announced a further investment in its Limerick Operations to expand from 30[5] positions to 80.

KEMP was recognized as a Visionary in the 2015[6] Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery controllers and again in 2016[7].


KEMP Technologies is a software company that develops load balancing and application delivery software built on a Linux operating system which is sold under the LoadMaster brand. As of 2017, there were over 40,000 customer deployments of their LoadMaster product.[8] that need high availability, scalability, security and visibility for their applications. This enables customers to scale their operations by delivering applications with layer 4 to 7 load balancing, enhanced performance and secure access. KEMP LoadMaster is a software-based load balancer (ADC) that is available as a virtualized appliance, to run on x86 bare metal servers (such as Oracle, Dell, HP, Fujitsu and Cisco servers) as well as in the cloud including Azure, AWS and VMware vCloud Air as well as its own proprietary hardware devices.

The product line supports multiple applications from different software publishers such as Microsoft applications like Exchange 2010[9] and Lync 2010.[10] The company also offers geographic[11] and virtualized[12] load balancing.

In September 2014, KEMP announced[13] it was joining the OpenDaylight Open Source SDN Project.



KEMP's main product, the LoadMaster, is a load balancer[14] built on its own proprietary software platform called LMOS, that enables it to run on almost any platform: As a KEMP LoadMaster appliance, a Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) deployed on Hyper-V, VMWare, on bare metal or in the public cloud.[15] KEMP is available in Azure, where it is in the top 15 deployed applications as well as in AWS and VMWare vCloud Air.

In 2013, KEMP announced that it was adding Pre-Authorization, Single Sign-On (SSO) and Persistent Logging to its product range as a TMG alternative[16]

Geo Multi-Site DNS Load Balancer[edit]

KEMP’s DNS based Global Site Load Balancer (GSLB) enables customers to provide availability, scaling and resilience for applications that are geographically distributed, including multi-data center environments, private clouds, multi-public cloud environments such as Azure and AWS as well as hybrid environments where applications are deployed across both public and private cloud. The capabilities provided by GEO LoadMaster are similar to hosted services such as Dyn DNS

Free LoadMaster[edit]

In March 2015,[17] KEMP launched a free version of LoadMaster software called Free LoadMaster, which is a fully featured load balancer that shares most of the commercial product's features, including full layer 4 to layer 7 load balancing, reverse proxy, web content caching and compression, a non-commercial WAF (Web Application Firewall) and up to 20Mbps.

VLM For Azure[edit]

In March 2014, KEMP announced availability on the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform (the first load balancer available there) of the VLM for Azure LoadMaster,[18] a virtual load balancer.

KEMP 360 Central™[edit]

In May 2016,[19] KEMP launched its centralized application monitoring and reporting product, called KEMP360 Central™, which allows network and application administrators to view the state of different load balancers or application delivery controllers. Views include throughput, users and transactions per second. The product allows users to connect to 3rd party devices like F5, NGINX and HAProxy.


In May 2015, KEMP announced and launched the world's first software defined network (SDN) ready adaptive load balancer.


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  2. ^ "EMA Radar for Application Delivery Controllers and Load Balancers: Q4 2011". Enterprise Management Associates. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kemp Tech Announce Euro HQ in Limerick". Limerick Post. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Investors bet $16 million on growth in application delivery market". Network World. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Newenham, Pamela (1 April 2014). "Kemp Technologies to create 50 new jobs in Limerick". Irish Times. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Pettas, Paul. "Kemp Technologies Positioned As The Sole Visionary In The 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant For Application Delivery Controllers". CISION. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Jones, Erin. "KEMP Technologies Named as a Visionary in 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers". PRNewswire. CISION. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  8. ^ Gee, Mike. "US-based KEMP Technologies moves further into channel with partnering success story". ARN. ARN. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Kemp Intros Microsoft Exchange Load Balancer". InformationWeek. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Lync 2010, Load Balancing, & Bandwidth". Windows IT Pro. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
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  13. ^ Tozzi, Christopher. The VAR Guy. Retrieved 8 September 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Bovberg, Json (11 June 2013). "KEMP Provides Smart Load Balancing". Windows IT Pro. 
  15. ^ Talbot, Chris (24 September 2013). "KEMP Brings Layer 7 ADC to Windows Azure". Penton. 
  16. ^ "KEMP Technologies Adds Pre-Authorization, Single Sign-On (SSO) and Persistent Logging to Load Balancers as TMG Alternative". The Wall Street Journal. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. . In 2014, Kemp expanded ESP 2.0 to provide more features.
  17. ^ Schwartz, Jeffrey (12 March 2015). "Free Scaled-Down App Load Balancer Now Available for DevOps". Redmond Magazine. 1105 Media Inc. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "KEMP Technologies Expands Commercial Availability of Best-in-Class L7 Load Balancer Integrated Within Microsoft Azure". Market Wired. 27 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Cox, Mark (10 May 2016). "KEMP 2.0 releases KEMP360 application delivery framework". Retrieved 10 May 2016.