Many AWS customers need to run in multiple zones for many reasons, including performance requirements, regulatory issues, or malfunction. For…
Many AWS customers need to run in multiple zones for many reasons, including performance requirements, regulatory issues, or malfunction. For whatever reason, AWS announced a new tool tonight called Global Accelerators, designed to help customers to route traffic more easily in several regions.
Peter DeSantis, VP of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support at AWS Speaks at an Event Monday at AWS Re: Invent explained that a lot of AWS customer traffic is already streaming over its massive network and customers use AWS Direct Connect to help the applications get consistent performance and low network variability when customers move between AWS regions. He said that what’s missing is a way to use AWS global network to optimize their applications.
“Tonight, I’m excited to announce AWS Global Accelerator. AWS Global Accelerator makes it easy for you to improve performance and accessibility for your applications by utilizing AWS global networks,” he told AWS re: Invent audience.
“Your customer traffic is routed from your end users to the nearest AWS edge and from there, there is an overload free, high-availability AWS global network. In addition to improving performance, the AWS Global Accelerator has built-in fault isolation that immediately responds to changes in the network health or your application configuration, “explains DeSantis.
In fact, network administrators can control traffic based on defined policies, such as Health or geographical requirements and traffic will be moved to the specified zone automatically based on these policies.
AWS plans to charge customers based on the number of accelerators they create. “An accelerator is the resource you create to target traffic to optimal endpoints across AWS global networks. Customers will usually create an accelerator for each application, but more complex applications may need more than one accelerator.” AWS Shaun Ray wrote in a blog post who announced the new feature.
AWS Global Accelerator is currently available in several regions in the US, Europe and Asia.