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IIJ to Release IIJ Wide Area Load Balancing Service

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TOKYO--April 5, 2011--Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI, TSE1: 3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, today announced the May 2011 release of the IIJ Wide Area Load Balancing Service, which provides stable website access during peak traffic periods by automatically redirecting traffic.

The IIJ Wide Area Load Balancing Service runs on IIJ's system and regularly monitors traffic at registered Web servers, and when conditions described in the server policy are met, it automatically redistributes the load.

This service has the following features.


Web servers are monitored regardless of location, and enables building of backup site

IIJ's advanced load balancing system regularly monitors a Web server, and if the main server goes down, traffic is automatically redirected to a backup server. The Web server can be located anywhere in the world. This makes it easy to operate a backup site in a different geographical location.

Optimum load balancing based on Web server traffic volume improves site availability

Traffic can be automatically redirected to multiple Web servers depending on traffic volumes. Balancing methods include the round robin method, in which traffic is equally distributed among all registered servers, or the ratio method, in which traffic is routed to servers in predefined ratios. Registering multiple Web servers means that traffic can be distributed during peak traffic periods, and Websites that anticipate large spikes in traffic volumes, such as during an event or advertising campaign, can easily increase their availability.

Combine with IIJ GIO to avoid Website availability issues

Used in combination with a Web server using IIJ's cloud service, IIJ GIO Service, the "Down for maintenance" message can be displayed when the main server is down. This service is ideal for a range of client needs, from disaster recovery to displaying a simple "sorry" page to prevent "page not found" messages.

Centralized management through a Web interface

All service functions can be easily accessed via a Web interface, from registering IP addresses of the Web servers to be monitored to setting the distribution methods, checking site operating status, and viewing system logs.

Websites today are used for a wide range of purposes, from disseminating business information and viewing blogs to shopping online and accessing members-only services. However, building in redundancy and operating backup sites is expensive and requires specialized knowledge. People using the Internet are also more likely to go to another site if a page does not open within a few seconds, and the chances of them coming back are very low. This can both tarnish the corporate image and cost the company business opportunities. High availability and high performance are necessary to continue providing customer service and information and to reduce the stress of visitors to the site.

This wide area load balancing service is IIJ's service to these problems, and it is highly recommended to client's considering maintaining a backup site in the event of a failure or disaster, or for high-volume online shopping sites and other sites that should never be offline.

IIJ will continue to develop advanced services to meet the needs of our clients.

IIJ Wide Area Load Balancing Service Fees

Initial Fee JPY50,000
Monthly Fees Basic features JPY 50,000 Includes 1 FQDN(*1) and 5 IP addresses
IP addresses
JPY 10,000 5 IP addresses
JPY 15,000 10 IP addresses
JPY 20,000 15 IP addresses
JPY 15,000 5 items
JPY 30,000 10 items
JPY 45,000 15 items

* Prices shown do not include tax.

(*1) FQDN:Fully qualified domain name. A fully qualified domain name means the entire address on the Internet, intranet, or other TCP/IP network, including the domain name, sub-domain name, and host name.