The right balance to serve high traffic websites
November 14, 2020

The right balance to serve high traffic websites

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Elastic Load Balancing

We decided to use Amazon Elastic Load Balancing in conjunction with Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling to host our websites. We have websites that have peak traffic on some periods of the year, so we needed an elastic infrastructure that helps us to serve our websites with no downtimes and good performance. And that's what we get using this platform. So, we now have more reliable websites.
  • Good price for a complete load balancing solution
  • Very useful rules editor on listener
  • Working in conjuction with AWS WAF, is a good option to protect your applications
  • Unsing certificates from Amazon Certficate Manager don't work well
  • On high traffic websites can be pricey
  • HTTP/2 implementation creates problems from time to time on Apple devices / Safari
  • Cost effective solution: we now have more websites, that work better and we pay same as before migrating to AWS
  • Help us on improved security, allowing us to use AWS WAF
  • Rules on listeners allow us to do complicated stuff by ourselves
In the past we use physical Load Balancers. That solution works, but it had several negative points. The first, it was not elastic. It requires a physical server setup in order to work. Also a technician works for one or more days to set up the solution. And then, we had the servers, that weed to be replicated. That was very costly and requires several hours to process changes on the load balancer.

AWS ELB is a huge step and seriously, after trying it, can't go back to physical servers to serve websites.

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We use AWS Elastic Load Balancers to serve websites. And for this purpose, works extremely well. In the past we used physical load balancers and that was very costly, and not to mention hard to work with on the server content replication side. Now, with AWS Elastic Load Balancers and EC2 Auto Scaling, we have a complete elastic solution, that works as it's supposed to be.

Amazon Elastic Load Balancing Support

AWS gives you several support plans. On the free plan, you basicaly need to google for help, but the good news is that AWS Elastic Load Balancing works. We has more than 15 load balancers and we never run into a problem that require support.

But you mght consider a support plan if you are going to do something more complex or critical

Using Amazon Elastic Load Balancing

AWS Elastic Load Balancing has this trick. First, you need to know how it works. ELB is not the only piece here. ELB has a very close relation with AWS Target Groups. You create or select a target group every time you create a Load balancer. Target groups allow you to connect the load balancer to EC2 autoscaling groups, Lambda functions, or even a single EC2 instance.

While this sounds complex, it becomes easy, once you know his tricks. Thanks to the user interface, managing a ELB is an easy task. The rules editor is really useful, although it will need a bit of improvement to some interface items.