layer 7

layer 7

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layer 7

The top layer in the network protocol stack. Layer 7 is the application layer, which determines the purpose of the transmission. For details, see OSI model.
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Both of these developments started the 'name game' that now appears to culminate with Layer 4 switching (if not, then be on the look out for Layer 7 switching !).
However, when it comes to high availability load balancing at Layer 7, they tend to falter in performance as it relates to load balancing decisions per second.
Second, the more specialized Layer 7 capabilities will evolve within appliances working alongside switches in a complementary fashion.
The more specialized application functions are considered Layer 7. Layer 7 is particularly useful in providing high availability and intelligent load balancing for mission-critical e-commerce and enterprise applications.
One might ask: Why not simply embed Layer 7 technology into a switch, similar to the integration of Layer 4?
To add additional Layer 7 functionality to the product, the vendor is tied to ASIC release cycles.
In OSI terminology, the process is a Layer 7 communications function; the "practical application" is the actual function that the end user wants to perform.