Amazon launches AWS Gateway Load Balancer aimed at simplifying network traffic inspection

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Amazon announced the general availability of a new service named AWS Gateway Load Balancer. A service that makes it easy and cost-effective to deploy, scale and manage the availability of third-party virtual appliances such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and deep packet inspection systems in the cloud.

Last year Amazon introduced Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud Ingress Routing service. The service was designed to allow customers to route incoming and outgoing network traffic to and from internet gateway. Now, AWS Gateway Load Balancer is seen as a perfect complement of Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud Ingress Routing and will make the service seamless.

Now it launches the AWS Gateway Load Balancer, to offer even more tooling for incoming traffic.

How AWS Gateway Load Balancer works

AWS Gateway Load Balancer works by directing all network traffic to an EC2 instance that deploys network security tools to scrutinize or block doubtful network traffic and run other inspection tasks before the traffic is conveyed to other EC2 instances used by the customer. In addition to security appliances, AWS GWLB also provides the same benefits to data analytics, telecom, Internet of Things (IoT), and custom appliances.

So, where does VPC Ingress Routing come in? Well, it facilitates the process of adding virtual appliances to the customer’s network. However, according to Channy Yun, AWS Principal Developer Advocate, the challenge is ensuring consistent availability and scalability of those appliances.

Efficiency is the name of the game

Gateway Load Balancer makes things run smoothly by offering a single gateway for allocating traffic uniformly via the network and scaling virtual appliances up and down, depending on demand, Yun wrote in a blog post. The advantage is that it eradicates various probable points of failure in the network and enhances availability.

Yun said AWS gateway Load Balancer is now generally available in the US West (Oregon), US East (North Virginia), Asia Pacific (Sydney), South America (Sao Paulo), and Europe (Ireland) regions.

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