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Load Balancing Skype for Business

Skype for Business ushers in a new connected user experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging, and accessible from anywhere. For IT, the benefits are equally powerful, with a highly secure and scalable system that works with existing tools and systems for easier management, lower cost of ownership, smoother deployment and migration, and greater choice and flexibility.

Users seek communications tools that make their work easier and are available anywhere, anytime – including within the context of other applications. Skype for Business provides a single interface that unites voice communications, IM, and audio, video, and Web conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering.

Deploying Skype for Business with appliances enables organizations to create a feature-rich highly resilient solution that ensures that wherever staff are located, and however they connect, they can depend on a platform that allows seamless communications wherever and whenever needed using the communications medium of their choice. appliances are configured to present a series of Virtual Servers (VIPs). These VIPs become the connection points for internal and external clients. The load balancer is then able to distribute requests to the Skype for Business servers that make up the various pools.

Here’s an example deployment architecture:

Direct Routing (DR) mode a.k.a. Direct Server Return (DSR) mode is not supported for Skype for Business. Instead, Layer 7 SNAT or Layer 4 NAT mode are be used.

Due to the number of Virtual Services (VIPs) required for load balancing Skype for Business, our R20 range is not supported. All other models can be used.

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