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URL parsing is a function of traffic management and load-balancing products that scan URLs to determine how to forward traffic across different links or into different servers. A URL includes a protocol identifier (http, for Web traffic) and a resource name, such as www.microsoft.com. The first component could be used to direct traffic to Web servers (as opposed to FTP or other servers). The resource is the added dimension that gives URL parsing an advantage over products that evaluate only layer 4 information (IP address and port). This topic is covered further under "Load Balancing."
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