AWS launches Port Load Balancer for highly scalable and available network devices

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched AWS Gateway Load Balancer (GWLB), a new product to ensure high usability and scalability for network devices.

The product ‘makes it easy and cost-effective to deploy, scale, and manage the readability of third-party virtual devices such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and deep-package testing systems in the cloud’, according to the company. Channy Yun, a major developer advocate for AWS, added that GWLB will have similar benefits for custom devices, such as data analytics, telecommunications, and IoT among others.

Last year, AWS announced the Virtual Private Cloud Intrusion Route (VPC) feature to allow all traffic to be routed to and from the internet or virtual private gateway to the interface of a specific EC2 instance. This allows organizations to configure their VPC into EC2 instances that run specific network security tools to perform traffic checks or block suspicious activity.

Yun noted a specific example of how the product works to ensure high usability. “You can use GWLB’s advanced router capabilities to direct traffic to healthy devices and re-route traffic when the device becomes unhealthy due to an error,” he wrote.

“GWLB’s usability on user accounts allows partners to provide their virtual devices as AWS-hosted services that customers access from their VPC,” Yun added. This reduces complexity and improves security”.

AWS announced record revenue of $11.6bn (£8.94bn) for the most recent quarter at the end of last month. Earlier this month, the company announced plans to open a data center area in Switzerland, raising the total number of geographies to 24.

Load balancing tools are available in the Us East (N Virginia), Western United States (Oregon), Europe (Ireland, South America (Sao Paulo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney).